Trump is expected to put forth a nominee in the coming days, and while it is still early in the process, U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett is seen as a leading contender, several sources told ABC News. Barrett was one of four finalists in Trump’s search for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s replacement in 2018.
Trump told reporters Saturday evening he will most likely choose a woman.
“If somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in first place, yes,” Trump said before traveling to North Carolina for a rally. “The choice of a woman, I would say, would certainly be appropriate.”
When asked specifically about Barrett, he said she is “very respected.”
Barrett joins three other federal judges on the shortlist of potential picks, according to ABC News’ sources. Here’s a quick look at the four potential nominees:
Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Barrett, 48, was confirmed in October 2017 to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. She is a former Notre Dame law professor who had clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
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SOURCE: ABC News, John Santucci, Katherine Faulders, Trish Turner, Jonathan Karl, and Meredith Deliso