27 Oct 2020

Senate poised to confirm Coney Barrett for US Supreme Court

From Morning Report, 7:26 am on 27 October 2020

A final confirmation vote on President Donald Trump's choice for the vacant seat in the US Supreme Court is set to take place this afternoon.

Amy Coney Barrett looks certain to take up the lifetime position on the court despite fierce opposition from the Democratic Party.

Democratic senate leader Chuck Schumer is furious the process is being rushed through barely a week out from the US election.

It will be Trump's third appointment to the court - a rare achievement for a president in office - and will seal a six-to-three conservative majority on the court, which could have far-reaching implications.

US correspondent Kate Fisher speaks to Philippa Tolley.