The revelations highlighted how quickly Trump made up his mind about which nomination he would make, even publicly and privately amid speculation from administration officials that he would still be on Circuit Judge Barbara Several names were considered, including Lago, who was seen as a strong contender for the nomination. .
Barrett, as part of his confirmation process, turned to a 69-page response to the Judiciary Committee, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill. The paperwork takes place as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey grahamLindsay Olin GrahamSupreme Court battle should drive Democrats and launch a Democratic super PAC to help Biden Graham with Trump’s Supreme Court pick on Tuesday. 5M advertising campaign against Graham More. (RS.C.) is set to begin a hearing on its Supreme Court nomination in less than two weeks.
“I had meetings with President Trump, Vice President Pence, Mr. [Pat] Cipollon and Chief of Staff [Mark] Maddows on Monday, September 21, 2020 in Washington. The president offered me the nomination that day, and I accepted that the waiting process be finalized, ”Barrett wrote in his questionnaire response referring to the White House counsel.
Barrett said he was first approached by the administration about the vacancy on September 19 by Cipollon. She spoke to Meadows and Cipollon on September 20, when she was invited to the White House.
Barrett was seen as an early front-runner for the Supreme Court nomination, having been considered to have passed in 2018 when Trump elected then-Circuit Judge. Brat kavanaughBrett Michael Kwanuagh Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by JobsOhio – Trump’s Tax Return Blast Juan Williams: Trump’s Supreme Court Power Opposes Adding Manchin to Court To fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Barrett is seen as a favorite of conservatives, with administration officials and GOP senators lobbying the White House to fill Ginsburg’s seat.
But Trump delayed an announcement until Saturday, more than a week after Ginsburg’s death.
Sources previously told The Hill that both Barrett and Lago were subject to serious consideration. But Trump only met with Barrett, helping to strengthen his position as front-runner.
Trump said of Barrett after his meeting, “He is one of those who are highly respected, but they are all respected.” “He’s definitely one of the candidates, yes.”
Brett Samuels contributed.