White House official discusses former Notre Dame professor's merits for possible high court appointment

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WASHINGTON  (Gray DC) -- President Donald Trump promises to announce his pick for a new U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday evening.

This will be President Trump's second nomination for the country's highest court, and the opportunity was created by last month's retirement announcement from Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said former University of Notre Dame professor Amy Coney Barrett is on President Trump's list.

Barrett currently sits on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, a position she was appointed to by President Trump in 2017.

Conway said, "She is an outstanding jurist, she wouldn’t be on the president’s list if she weren’t. She wouldn’t have made it to the Seventh Circuit as nominated by him [President Trump] if she weren’t. And she already has shown her will and her ability to take on unfair questions about her own personal religious beliefs from a very prominent senator ranking on the Judiciary Committee in Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] last year."

Conway made it clear she is not tipping the scales in favor of Barrett, or any other potential nominee, saying the ultimate decision will be made my President Trump.

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