WH LEAK: IT’S AMY

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President Trump is expected to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, CBS News has confirmed, according to multiple sources involved in or familiar with the selection process.

It’s possible Mr. Trump could change his mind, but at this point, Barrett is expected to be announced as the president’s choice Saturday afternoon at the White House.

The president, asked by reporters at Joint Base Andrews Friday evening whether he has made a decision on a nominee, replied, “In my own mind, yes.” Though he would not confirm that Barrett is his pick, he did call her “outstanding.”

Mr. Trump said this week that he had five top contenders, but he is only known to have met with Barrett, and he saw her twice in the week since Ginsburg died, on Monday and on Tuesday.

The White House has begun reaching out to Republican Senate offices to schedule meetings with the Supreme Court nominee to take place next week, starting Wednesday morning, according to two sources familiar with the planning. The Senate will be out Monday and Tuesday for Yom Kippur.

She has been a leading candidate and was a finalist to be Mr. Trump’s second Supreme Court pick in 2018. Barrett met with the president at the White House on Monday. CNN first reported that the president intends to announce Barrett as his pick. READ MORE:

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