President Trump didn't take long to settle on nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Trump formally nominated the conservative 7th Circuit judge to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday. But in Barrett's Senate questionnaire released Tuesday, Barrett said she actually got the job days earlier.
Ginsburg died on Friday, Sept. 18. The next day, Barrett got a call from White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about the vacancy, she said in the questionnaire. She spoke to Cipollone and Meadows on Sunday, who invited her to Washington, D.C.; "President Trump later called to confirm the invitation," she said. And on Monday, Sept. 21, Barrett met with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Cipollone and Meadows in person. "The president offered me the nomination on that day, and I accepted," Barrett said. Trump didn't announce her nomination until Saturday out of respect for Ginsburg, he said.
While Barrett was reported to be a strong favorite to replace Ginsburg, 11th Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa and other conservatives also reportedly remained possible nominees throughout the week. But as Barrett tells it, she may have been the only candidate Trump ever seriously considered.