How does the short list measure up?

Friday, September 11, 2020
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Ted CruzPresident Donald Trump's new list of possible Supreme Court nominees continues to have people talking.

American Family Association General Counsel Abraham Hamilton III recently said on his radio program, "The Hamilton Corner," that he thinks Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) would be a great Supreme Court justice.

"I don't know if he'll accept the nomination, because I think he wants to run for president again," said Hamilton. "I could be wrong about that, but I don't know. I would encourage him to accept it if he wanted to do it."

Cruz, a former Texas solicitor general-turned U.S. senator, served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Cruz is not the only senator on the list that President Trump announced earlier this week; Senators Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) are also named.


Hawley was attorney general for the state of Missouri prior to being elected a U.S. senator. Prior to his military service, Senator Cotton practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Jerry Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

"I like Judge Lawrence VanDyke," Hamilton continued down the list of potential nominees. "I like Judge Allison Rushing [and] Judge Amy Coney Barrett."

VanDyke is a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Rushing is a judge on the Fourth Circuit. As for Barrett, who was considered as a potential replacement Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, she is a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

According to President Trump, the new names are being added to his previous list of 25 judges.

"The list is very good," thinks Travis Weber, an attorney at Family Research Council (FRC). "We'll see if there is an opening and who the nominee is, but we're excited that the president is making sure that the American public is reminded of the importance of judicial nominations as we head towards Election Day."


Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal calls the list "unconventional," saying it includes legislators, lawyers, and a diplomat -- none of whom has served as a judge. In 2010, people had questions about then Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan not being a judge; she served as the 45th solicitor general of the United States prior to being chosen by President Obama to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

OneNewsNow did not find a statement from American Civil Liberties Union regarding the president's list of nominees. However, Lambda Legal says the shortlist is filled with "anti-LGBT and extremist judges."


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