John Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine of Politico –
The new Supreme Court justice was considered potentially too conservative to be confirmed just two years ago.
One day after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, President Donald Trump told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that “lots of people” thought Barbara Lagoa would be the best pick for the Supreme Court.
After all, the Cuban American judge from Florida could give a huge political boost to the president in a key swing state.
McConnell had a rebuttal: Pick Amy Coney Barrett instead, according to GOP leadership and White House aides. McConnell argued Barrett, an ardent social conservative, would have the best chance of uniting the party — and if Trump even thought of picking someone else, he needed to call McConnell and give him a chance to change the president’s mind.