Judge Amy Coney Barrett. File/Reuters
US President Donald Trump was likely to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has served on the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 2017, to the Supreme Court as the replacement for late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to media reports.
According to informed sources, Trump will make the official announcement in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday evening, The Hill news website reported.
A Politico news report citing sources said that Barrett, 48, is expected to appear alongside the President during the announcement.
If confirmed, she will join Trump's two other appointments, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, to form a 6-3 conservative majority.
She was previously considered as a potential nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy in 2018, but Trump ultimately chose to nominate Kavanaugh to fill that vacancy.
New Zealand reports 2 new Covid-19 cases
Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first woman to lie in state at US Capitol
Trump says US election winner might not be known for months
As he returned to Washington on Friday night, Trump told reporters that he had made decision.
"In my own mind, yes," Politico quoted the President as saying.
But when asked about Barrett, he added: "I haven't said it was her but she is outstanding."
The Hill news report said that Trump was very pleased with Barrett's performance during a meeting at the White House on Monday.
The report said that she was the favourite choice of conservative Christians who hope to overturn the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade establishing a woman's right to an abortion.
He had also considered former Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Lagoa, a Cuban-American judge now on the 11h Circuit Court of Appeals.
Meanwhile, the White House has already started to reach out to Ssenators to set up meetings with the nominee, Politico reported.
The Senate Judiciary Committee expects to hold confirmation hearings the week of October 12.
Both Trump and some Republican senators have said the Supreme Court needs to have all nine justices ahead of the election, in case the court needs to step in to decide the result.
The Democrats have still maintained that a nominee should be tapped by the next President following the November 3 election.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said the move to pick a new Justice before the election was an "abuse of power".
Two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, have also opposed voting on a nominee before the election.
The court said the rule, which requires most immigrants who want asylum to first seek safe haven in a third country through which they traveled on their way to the United States, could go into effect as litigation challenging its legality continues.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump are expected to hold a summit at the United Nations this month, Moon’s office said on Friday, amid hopes for a restart of talks aimed at dismantling
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet voiced concern over the move by the administration of President Donald Trump last month to allow migrant children and their families to be detained for unlimited periods.
Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Wednesday lamented the "generational devastation" wrought by Hurricane Dorian, as it was upgraded to a major Category 3 storm while bearing down on the Carolinas on the US east coast.
Shocked motorists and law enforcement watched in horror as the Nissan Altima was launched 120 feet (37 meters) down the highway in Lowndes County, according to police report on the May 24 crash.
The total resident population is up 34.2 per cent since 2010 — an increase of 8.2 million people, of whom 4.8 million are Saudi nationals. Among Saudis, 63 per cent of the population is below the age of 30.
In the first quarter of 2023, the Ministry of Economy imposed fines worth Dhs65.9 million on 137 companies operating in the UAE’s designated non-financial business or professions (DNFBP) sector.
"These provocative and dangerous maneuvers are a source of problems for maritime security," said Mao Ning, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, stressing that "the United States must immediately stop these dangerous provocations."