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Barrett reportedly flying to DC as Trump prepares to name court pick

Barrett reportedly flying to DC as Trump prepares to name court pick

Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCapitol Police Board — the structural flaw in leadership 2020: A year in photos Planned Parenthood president says abortion work shouldn't be marginalized MORE is allegedly on her way to Washington, D.C., Bloomberg reported Saturday, a day after sources confirmed to The Hill that President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE would nominate the conservative judge to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general MORE on the Supreme Court. 

According to Bloomberg, a person familiar with the situation said that Barrett was flying to Washington on Saturday, with Trump planning to officially announce her nomination at a White House ceremony at 5 p.m. However, sources told Bloomberg that the president could still change his mind.

A video posted on Twitter by NBC News White House Correspondent Kelly O'Donnell appeared to show Barrett and her family leaving their Indiana home early Saturday afternoon.

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A Republican official told The Hill on Friday that Trump began telling associates on Capitol Hill that he was planning to nominate Barrett.

Barrett, who in 2017 was nominated by Trump and confirmed to serve as a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, is a devout Catholic, making her popular among conservative GOP members who are hoping to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. 

Trump had told reporters at Joint Base Andrews on Friday evening that he had made his decision in his “own mind” but did not confirm if Barrett was the choice. 

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“I haven’t said it was her, but she is outstanding,” Trump said of Barrett.

According to Bloomberg, the sources familiar with Trump’s decision asked not to be identified by name because the president had yet to make an official announcement. 

Trump told reporters as he returned to Washington on Friday from a campaign trip to Miami and Atlanta, “You’re going to find out tomorrow.” 

Barrett became the front-runner in the GOP race to fill the vacancy after Ginsburg died of complications from pancreatic cancer at the age of 87 last Friday.