The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has set the scene for a fierce political battle to replace her just weeks away from a presidential election.
Earlier this month Donald Trump updated his roster of more than 20 potential Supreme Court nominees, from which he could appoint his third justice.
Those names included Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Senator Ted Cruz, who has denied any interest in taking the position.
Amy Coney Barrett sits on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia and previously a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame
Ms. Barrett was quoted in a 2013 publication affiliated with Notre Dame as saying she thinks it is “very unlikely at this point” that the Supreme Court would overturn landmark abortion case Roe v Wade.
Amul Thapar was nominated by Mr. Trump to the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell previously handpicked him to serve as US attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
In 2007 he was the first American of South Asian descent to be named to an Article III federal judgeship.
Former US Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who stepped down from the role in July, has been involved in many controversial issues before the Supreme Court, including the president’s financial records and travel bans.
Former US Solicitor General Paul Clement served under George W Bush and has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court, including ones on voting rights, religious liberty and health care.
Trump appointed Barbara Lagoa to the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2019.
She was the first Hispanic woman and first Cuban American woman on the Supreme Court of Florida and would become the second justice of Latina descent after Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Senator Tom Cotton has previously said that “It’s time for Roe v Wade to go” and when his name was added to Trump’s list said that he “will always heed the call of service to our nation.”
Judge Bridget Bade, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals
Daniel Cameron, Kentucky attorney general
Paul Clement, former solicitor general
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals
Steven Engel, assistant attorney general at the Justice Department
Noel Francisco, former solicitor general under the Trump administration
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri
Judge James Ho, 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Greg Katsas, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Judge Barbara Lagoa, 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals
Christopher Landau, US ambassador to Mexico
Justice Carlos Muniz, Florida Supreme Court
Judge Martha Pacold, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Judge Peter Phipps, 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Sarah Pitlyk, US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Judge Allison Jones Rushing, 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals
Kate Todd, deputy White House counsel
Judge Lawrence VanDyke, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals
Joe Biden has however made it clear that elections should come first before this seat is found a new occupier. Let us know what your opinion on the comments is down below.
Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 19, 2020
Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N2YkGVWLoF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020