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 BarrettBill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol Supreme Court's approval rating dips to 49 percent  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week MORE is allegedly on her way to Washington, D.C., Bloomberg reported Saturday, a day after sources confirmed to The Hill that President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE would nominate the conservative judge to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgBill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol Supreme Court's approval rating dips to 49 percent  Anti-abortion movement eyes its holy grail 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.