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President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court


(NBC News) -- President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Barrett, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and a devout Roman Catholic, has been hailed by religious conservatives and others as an ideological heir to conservative icon Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice for whom she clerked.

But liberals say her legal views are too heavily influenced by her religious beliefs and say her ascent to the nation's highest court could lead to a scaling back of abortion rights.

The president introduced Barrett in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday as his nominee to take the place of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week.

President Donald Trump says Amy Coney Barrett would be the first mother of school-age children to serve on the Supreme Court.

Barrett is 48 and has seven children, including two adopted from Haiti and a son with Down syndrome. She would be the fifth woman to serve on the high court.

Barrett would also be the sixth justice on the nine-member court to be appointed by a Republican president, and the third of Trump's first term in office.

Both the president and the Republican-led Congress are vowing to move fast on the nomination before the Nov. 3 election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote "in the weeks ahead" on President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The Republican leader said Saturday that Trump "could not have made a better decision" in nominating.

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