Trump announces Amy Coney Barrett as nominee for the Supreme Court


President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he has chosen Amy Coney Barrett as his pick to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court," Trump said in the Rose Garden. "She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution -- Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”

Barrett is a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, a Notre Dame law professor, a former law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a devout Catholic, a mother of seven, including a child with Down syndrome and two children she and her husband, Jesse Barrett, adopted from Haiti.

Speaking at the White House, Barrett said she understood that "this is a momentous decision for a president and if the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability."

"I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution. I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court," she said.

If Judge Barrett is confirmed, she will be the youngest member of a 6-3 conservative-majority court.