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Braun meets SCOTUS nominee Barrett, touts qualifications

Braun, Barrett meet

WASHINGTON (WPTA21) - Indiana U.S. Sen. Mike Braun met in Washington with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett Wednesday and reasserted his support for her installment on the High Court.

Pres. Donald Trump named Barrett -- who has strong ties to Indiana -- as his nominee on Saturday.

Senate Republicans hold the majority in that chamber andsay they will fast-track the confirmation process.

A vote could take place before the November election.

Braun, who was elected in 2018, has been a vocal supporter of Barrett.

"Judge Barrett is a consummately qualified jurist who has proven on and off the bench that she has the decency, the intellectual rigor, and the fundamental respect for our country and its Constitution to serve honorably on the Supreme Court," he said on Wednesday in a statement released after the meeting. "I fully support Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination and will vote to confirm her without hesitation."

Indiana's senior senator, Republican Todd Young, also supports her candidacy.

Since 2017, Barrett has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She was nominated by Trump and confirmed on a bipartisan vote.

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Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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