As President-elect Donald Trump’s team makes final plans for Friday’s inauguration, he and his transition team are already hard at work finalizing plans for the long term. Among the highest priorities is the nomination of Supreme Court Justice.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a staunch conservative, passed away in 2016. President Obama promptly announced Judge Merrick Garland as his replacement. However, the Republican-led Senate refused to hold hearings on Garland asserting instead that the incoming president should be the one to appoint the next justice.
That responsibility now falls on Trump.
Soon after Scalia’s passing, then candidate Trump released a list of names said to be his short list for the next Supreme Court justice. The Daily Caller reported that Trump is expected to formally name his nominee in late January. He met with Judge William Pryor Saturday who currently serves on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Trump has reportedly been meeting with other potential justices from the list.
“Given that timeframe, and the fact that Pryor is widely considered a frontrunner for the appointment, the Saturday meeting suggests Trump is in the final stages of the selection process.”
Pryor faced a difficult confirmation to the Appeals Court where he was nominated by George W. Bush. The Democrats in the Senate initially prohibited his confirmation based on his conservative stances, particularly those related to Roe v. Wade, a decision he called an “abomination.” Pryor was later appointed to the Appeals Court through a recess appointment and confirmed by the full Senate after the Republicans took control.
Given Pryor’s history, his confirmation is sure to raise eyebrows among Democrats. At least one Republican who voted against him when initially nominated for the Appeals Court, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is still in the Senate. It is unclear if she would once again oppose Pryor.
Source: The Daily Caller