Reports: Trump to nominate Notre Dame professor to 7th Circuit

President Donald Trump reportedly plans to nominate Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Barrett would take the Indiana seat on the Chicago-based appellate court left vacant by the retirement of former Circuit Judge John Tinder in February 2015. Trump’s plans to nominate Barrett were reported by news services and legal websites, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and ABA Journal.

Barrett has been a professor at Notre Dame since 2002. Prior, she worked in private practice and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Former President Barack Obama nominated Myra Selby to the seat, but Selby, an Ice Miller LLP partner and former Indiana Supreme Court justice, never received a hearing from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Barrett and Notre Dame Law School officials could not immediately be reached for comment Monday. Republican Sen. Todd Young said in a statement, “I could not be more pleased with the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the federal bench. During the vetting process, I had the chance to interview Mrs. Barrett and expressed to the White House my belief that she would be a home run pick. I’m glad the President views her with as much regard as I do. With this selection, President Trump continues to demonstrate a knack for nominating individuals to the federal bench who will faithfully interpret the Constitution of the United States. Mrs. Barrett’s qualifications should make for a swift, bipartisan confirmation process.”

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly's office is waiting for the announcement by Trump before commenting.


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