Just Now: CNN, CBS, DRUDGE POST ITS AMY
Public Advocate posted news of its successful petition campaign in support of Amy Coney Barrett earlier today and later at 6:30 p.m. the CNN network and then CBS News and Drudge posted that the President is likely to name Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court.
CBS NEWS REPORTS:
President Trump is expected to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, CBS News has confirmed, according to multiple sources involved in or familiar with the selection process.
It's possible Mr. Trump could change his mind, but at this point, Barrett is expected to be announced as the president's choice Saturday afternoon at the White House.
The president, asked by reporters at Joint Base Andrews Friday evening whether he has made a decision on a nominee, replied, "In my own mind, yes." Though he would not confirm that Barrett is his pick, he did call her "outstanding."
The White House has begun reaching out to Republican Senate offices to schedule meetings with the Supreme Court nominee to take place next week, starting Wednesday morning, according to two sources familiar with the planning. The Senate will be out Monday and Tuesday for Yom Kippur.
She has been a leading candidate and was a finalist to be Mr. Trump's second Supreme Court pick in 2018. Barrett met with the president at the White House on Monday. CNN first reported that the president intends to announce Barrett as his pick.
The White House press office declined to comment Friday.
Public Advocate Announces Petitions In Support of Amy Coney Barrett Earlier Today
Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate holds gavel announcing support for Amy Coney Barrett for U.S. Supreme Court vacancy. Supporter is on his right wearing Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat.