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Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE said Saturday that he expects to announce his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Overnight Defense: Supreme Court to hear case on diversion of Pentagon funds to border wall | Biden campaign cutting retired general from ad after objection | Trump's arms control talks with Russia hit wall MORE on the Supreme Court within the next week and that his choice would be a woman. 

“I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman,” Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Saturday evening. 

Earlier in the day, Trump told reporters at the White House that his choice would “most likely” be a woman. 

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“If somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in first place. The choice of a woman, I would say, would certainly be appropriate,” Trump said. 

“I think the choice will be next week,” Trump later told reporters when asked about the timing of his nomination.

Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are said to be among the nominees the president is seriously considering, sources told The Hill. Others under consideration are Judges Amul Thapar and Allison Jones Rushing, though Trump's commitment to choose a woman would seem to take Thapar out of the running. All four individuals were nominated by Trump to their current positions on the federal appellate bench. 

Asked about Barrett on Saturday, Trump called her “very highly respected.” Trump also described Lagoa as “an extraordinary person” about whom he has heard “incredible things” when asked about her but said he does not know her. He also noted that she is Hispanic.

Trump said he would welcome his nominee receiving a vote before Election Day on Nov. 3 but added that the White House is working with Republican senators on the timeline. 

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“I don’t know. We’re working with all of the Republican senators and working with [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE [R-Ky.], and we’ll be making a decision,” Trump said. 

“I would think before would be very good, but we’ll be making a decision. I think the process can go very, very fast. I’ll be making my choice soon,” he continued. 

Trump also made clear that he disagrees with Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal MORE (R-Maine), who issued a statement earlier Saturday saying that the upper chamber should not vote to confirm Ginsburg’s successor before the election and that the nominee should be selected by whoever wins the presidency. Trump is running for reelection against Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE, with polls showing the incumbent president trailing nationally and in key swing states. 

The remarks represented Trump’s most extensive comments to date on his plans for a nominee to the Supreme Court to replace Ginsburg. Earlier Saturday, Trump indicated in a tweet that he planned to move swiftly on nominating a replacement. 

Ginsburg, a revered trailblazer for women’s rights and liberal leader on the high court, died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday at the age of 87. News of her death immediately sent shockwaves through Washington and the country, injecting further uncertainty into the presidential election. 

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McConnell made clear in a statement Friday that Trump’s nominee would receive a vote on the Senate floor. McConnell refused to hold a vote for then-President Obama’s nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandSenate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE in 2016 because it was an election year. Democrats argue that Republicans should follow the model they set during the 2016 election.

Barrett, a former clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, was nominated by Trump to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 2017. Lagoa was nominated by Trump to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in 2019. Before that, Lagoa was the first Hispanic woman to serve as a justice on the Florida Supreme Court.  

Updated: 7:52 p.m.