President Donald nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett

President Donald  officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the United States Supreme Court during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House Saturday.  

'Today is it my pleasure to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds,' said, making his nomination official as Barrett stood to his side. 

Barrett had been a leading contender for the nomination, having been considered for the seat now occupied by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed in 2018. 

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge had met with this week.  

President Donald Trump (left) officially nomimated Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) Saturday at the White House

President Donald (left) officially nomimated Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) Saturday at the White House

Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) walks through the Colonnade with President Donald Trump (left) and first lady Melania Trump (center)

Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) walks through the Colonnade with President Donald (left) and first lady Melania (center) 

The president was joined by first lady Melania Trump at the ceremony, while Amy Coney Barrett brought her kids

The president was joined by first lady Melania at the ceremony, while Amy Coney Barrett brought her kids

President Donald Trump (left) walked out in lockstep with Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) to the Rose Garden ceremony where she was officially nominated to the Supreme Court on Saturday

President Donald (left) walked out in lockstep with Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) to the Rose Garden ceremony where she was officially nominated to the Supreme Court on Saturday 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett's name was leaded Friday night as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat

 Judge Amy Coney Barrett's name was leaded Friday night as President Donald 's Supreme Court pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died September 18, giving President Donald Trump an opportunity to fill a third Supreme Court seat during his first term

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died September 18, giving President Donald an opportunity to fill a third Supreme Court seat during his first term 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is captured leaving her home in South Bend, Indiana Saturday ahead of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court announcement

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is captured leaving her home in South Bend, Indiana Saturday ahead of President Donald 's Supreme Court announcement 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett (second from right) is photographed leaving her Indiana home Saturday followed by her husband Jesse Barrett (right) and her sons (from left) Benjamin, John Peter and Liam

Judge Amy Coney Barrett (second from right) is photographed leaving her Indiana home Saturday followed by her husband Jesse Barrett (right) and her sons (from left) Benjamin, John Peter and Liam 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett holds the hand of her daughter Juliet as son John Peter trails behind. Barrett is a mom of seven

Judge Amy Coney Barrett holds the hand of her daughter Juliet as son John Peter trails behind. Barrett is a mom of seven  

Amy Coney Barrett brought along three of her daughters to her September 2017 confirmation hearings in September 2017

Amy Coney Barrett brought along three of her daughters to her September 2017 confirmation hearings in September 2017  

She's a New Orleans native who attended Rhodes College and received her law degree from Notre Dame law school, where she later taught. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.  

Barrett's name as his official pick had leaked out Friday night, but the president remained coy.

'In my own mind, yes,' told reporters at Joint Base Andrews when he was asked if a decision had been made. 

When Barrett's name was mentioned, 'I haven't said that.' 

'They're all great. I haven't said it was her but she is outstanding,' said.  

Conservatives have heralded the pick as Barrett is the heir-apparent of Justice Antonin Scalia who died in February 2016. 

spoke of the Scalia connection in his Rose Garden speech remarking that Scalia once said of the SCOTUS nominee: 'Amy Coney is the best student I ever had.' 

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Barrett, who clerked for Scalia, shares his belief in an originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. 

White House staff readies the Rose Garden Saturday for President Donald Trump's 5 p.m. announcement of a new Supreme Court justice

White House staff readies the Rose Garden Saturday for President Donald 's 5 p.m. announcement of a new Supreme Court justice 

If her nomination is successful, it

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