President Trump to release new list of potential supreme court nominees
In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump made public his list of possible supreme court nominees to share with voters the type of judges he was looking for to sit on the high court. The president had promised to release a new list of possible nominees by September 1, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and other national issues have taken priority.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that the White House staff is still finalizing the new list and a slate of contenders will be released in the coming days.
“We’ve been working very closely, the president has, with the White House general counsel, getting input from a number of others, and so I’m excited about the list,” Meadows said. “The president will be signing off on that in the coming days.”
Perhaps one of Trump’s biggest accomplishments during his first term has been his strong record of installing new judges to federal seats. To date, more than 200 of his judicial appointments have been confirmed by the Senate.
Historically, voters have placed a high priority on electing candidates to the White House who are most likely to appoint Supreme Court justices who most closely align with their personal beliefs. In 2016, more than 70% of voters said electing a president who would appoint good justices was the most important factor in their voting decision.
Voters went to the polls in 2016 knowing that the winner of the election would be responsible for filling the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. It is very likely that there will at least one if not two vacancies on the high court during the next four years and Trump is again taking the initiative to be transparent with who he is considering as replacements.
Trump has received praise for his two nominees to the Supreme Court. Justices Neil Gorsuch, who filled Scalia’s seat, and Brett Kavanaugh, who replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Kavanaugh appointment is likely to come up in the 2020 election as Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee Sen. Kamala Harris played a key role in the Kavanaugh hearings which in turn helped elevate her national profile.
The president has said that based on decisions being rendered by the court now, the list of possible nominees in more important than ever.
PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour
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