Washington • Sen. Mike Lee and his brother, Thomas Lee, a Utah Supreme Court justice, are each on the White House’s short list of imaginable nominees to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.
President Donald Trump mentioned Wednesday that he would “begin immediately” vetting imaginable applicants for the top court docket and would stick to the list he equipped all over his marketing campaign of 25 potential nominees.
“It will likely be anyone from that list,” Trump mentioned.
Sen. Lee, who clerked for the Supreme Court up to now, advised newshounds he “would not say no” if he have been requested.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, who isn’t in search of re-election, didn’t point out any imaginable substitute in a commentary issued in a while after Kennedy despatched his resignation letter to the White House.
“I congratulate Justice Kennedy on his carrier to our nation,” Hatch mentioned. “He has been a stalwart defender of the First Amendment, federalism, and other important rights. I look forward to working with the administration over the coming weeks to guide his successor through the confirmation process.”
Unlike in 2016, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hang hearings on then-President Barack Obama’s pick out to replace the past due Associate Justice Antonin Scalia as it was once an election yr, McConnell mentioned Wednesday the Senate would vote this fall on a new nominee.
“The Senate stands in a position to satisfy its constitutional function by means of providing recommendation and consent on President Trump’s nominee to fill this emptiness,” McConnell mentioned on the Senate ground.
Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the top court docket lapsed when he left administrative center, permitting Trump to nominate and the Senate ascertain Neil Gorsuch.