By almost any standard, the race to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is playing out hastily. But a new account by Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee, suggests it has been moving even faster than was publicly known.
Judge Barrett told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that the White House contacted her the day after Justice Ginsburg’s death about the vacancy, and that Mr. Trump offered her the nomination just two days later, on Sept. 21, after they met at the White House.
“The president offered me the nomination on that day, and I accepted, subject to finalizing the vetting process,” she wrote.
Judge Barrett was always identified as the president’s most likely pick, but she was not formally announced until five days after the offer was evidently made. In the meantime, Mr. Trump continued to say he was still considering other candidates.
The lag allowed Judge Barrett and the White House to get a head start on a process that in recent decades has usually taken more than two months. Senate Republicans are aiming to have it done in about half that time.
Judge Barrett laid out her account in a 69-page questionnaire that the Judiciary Committee asks each Supreme Court nominee to fill out, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.
Her responses largely consist of biographical information, a catalog of public speeches, academic writings and opinions she has written as an appeals court judge.
The document shows that as a corporate lawyer, law professor and then as a judge, she has amassed $2.75 million in assets. Judge Barrett has $157,000 in liabilities, mostly related to a mortgage on a personal residence valued at $518,787 and tuition payments. She has continued to earn thousands of dollars a year teaching during her time as an appeals court judge.
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