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Trump has selected Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court, GOP sources say

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Amy Coney BarrettPresident Donald Trump has federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana as his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, multiple Republican and conservative sources told USA TODAY Friday.

While Barrett, 48, had been the front-runner for the nomination all along, other potential candidates on the president's short list included Barbara Lagoa, a federal appeals court judge from Florida. Trump interviewed Barrett at the White House on Monday.

Returning from a campaign trip to Florida and Georgia Friday, Trump said he has made a decision “in my own mind,” but he didn’t say who will get the nod. “You’re going to find out tomorrow,” Trump told reporters. Asked specifically about Barrett, Trump replied: “I haven’t said it was her, but she is outstanding."

The decision to move forward with the nominee has been decried by the president's critics. They point to Ginsburg's reported dying wish that her replacement not be picked by Trump and argue that with the election just weeks away, the decision should wait on the will of the voters.

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Democrats have denounced Barrett as an ideologue who wants to end abortion rights and promote corporate interests, while Republicans have hailed her as a model of judicial restraint who already has the votes needed for a quick confirmation.

Trump is planning the official announcement of his Supreme Court pick at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday.


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