President Donald Trump is likely to nominate a candidate to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg who already has been carefully vetted and interviewed. Politico reports that Trump has previously interviewed a leading contender, Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Justice Ginsburg, 87, died on Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer.
Trump is also considering two other women who he has not interviewed but emerged on his expanded list this month. One is former Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Lagoa, now a federal appeals court judge who is Cuban American, who has the strong backing of Trump ally Gov. Ron DeSantis and whose nomination could support Trump’s efforts to win Florida this fall. Another is Allison Jones Rushing, an appeals court judge in her late 30s who would be among the youngest justices to serve on the court, ensuring a conservative in the seat for even longer than others.