Inside President Trump’s Transparent Supreme Court Nominating Process

President Donald Trump joins Judge Neil Gorsuch, Marie Louise Gorsuch and others in prayer in the Green Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., following the President’s announcement of Judge Gorsuch as his nominee to the Supreme Court, Tuesday January 31, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

“In choosing a new Justice, I will select someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgement, and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States.”

TRANSPARENT: President Donald J. Trump promised to be transparent, and to choose justices for the Supreme Court from a list made public for the American people to see and evaluate.

  • As a candidate for President, Donald J. Trump provided to the American people a list of 21 possible nominees to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • In November 2017, after Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court, the President added five additional names, creating a final list of 25 candidates. The list is as follows:
    • Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • Keith Blackwell of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
    • Charles Canady of Florida, Supreme Court of Florida
    • Steven Colloton of Iowa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • Allison Eid of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • Britt Grant of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
    • Raymond Gruender of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • Joan Larsen of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • Mike Lee of Utah, United States Senator
    • Thomas Lee of Utah, Supreme Court of Utah
    • Edward Mansfield of Iowa, Supreme Court of Iowa
    • Federico Moreno of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • Kevin Newsom of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • William Pryor of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • Margaret Ryan of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
    • David Stras of Minnesota, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • Amul Thapar of Kentucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • Timothy Tymkovich of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    • Robert Young of Michigan, Supreme Court of Michigan (Ret.)
    • Don Willett of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Patrick Wyrick of Oklahoma, Supreme Court of Oklahoma

CONSISTENT: President Trump has repeated the transparent process he used to select Justice Neil Gorsuch.

  • The President nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch from his original list of judges.
  • President Trump: “I promised that, if elected, I would nominate a Justice who would be faithful and loyal to the Constitution.  I even went one step further and publicly presented a list of 20 judges from which I would make my selection, and that’s exactly what we did.”
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PRINCIPLED: President Trump has laid out a principled vision for Supreme Court justices who will faithfully interpret the Constitution as written.

  • President Trump: “In choosing Justice Kennedy’s replacement, my greatest responsibility is to select a Justice who will faithfully interpret the Constitution as written. Judges are not supposed to re-write the law, re-invent the Constitution, or substitute their own opinions for the will of the people expressed through their laws. We reject judicial activism and policy-making from the bench. The faithful application of the Constitution is the bedrock of our freedom, the foundation of our society, and the linchpin of our government. The American System tasks Congress with writing the laws, the executive with enforcing the laws, and the judiciary with issuing neutral judgments based upon those laws and the Constitution we have sworn to protect.”

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Joe
Joe
3 years ago

I’d bet good money that the democrats think that was a hate speech

Diana
Diana
3 years ago

Agree our Constitution as written and our laws have to be First and foremost in any court those that can’t do this need Removed and disbarred from any and all government positions and courts, there has been vile garbage passed by Un- Americans that are in our courts and government we the people have to make sure they are removed Never Allowed in our courts or government

Karel Eekels
Karel Eekels
3 years ago

Justices that agree and stand for getting politics out of the courts.

Chaz Yasterzemski
Chaz Yasterzemski
3 years ago

The same should hold true for all judges, like the New York circuit judge in New York about 2 years ago sworn in on a Koran

David in MA
David in MA
3 years ago

◾Amy Coney Barrett

zee
zee
3 years ago

V. Disappointed in Kavanaugh Nomination.
> Hope my mind is changed ‘up the road’ __

zee
zee
3 years ago
Reply to  zee

In humility, i ‘think’ my mind has changed re Kavanaugh,
Due to further thought, readings, & Orin Hatch.& + in
the DC swamp for yrs = can Handle ‘it’ .
> Always ‘wait’ (a bit – settle down) BEFORE
‘jumping the gun’/ knee jerk reactions . Sometimes
Real ‘info’ Comes 0ut AFTER the Fact. Buttt, TIME
WILL TELL. ‘other’ Presidents Were
‘deceived’ when their appt’ments ‘went the other way’.
> So, we’ll See. In the meantime – Kudos to Kavanaugh.
> DO YOUR Jobbe. & ‘WE’ Are Watching.
> 1 or 2 more Appt’ments coming up , prob in less than ‘2’ yrs.

zee
zee
3 years ago
Reply to  zee

ps. remain concerned re the ‘vince foster’ thang.
that’s all ___

zee
zee
3 years ago

PPS. Also – questionable at best IS – Kavanaugh’s Opine re ‘Forced
‘o’ care ie Tax vs. Penalty!!! Neither IS ACCEPTABLE. PERIOD.
HC SHOULD NOT = a ‘forced ‘bleeding heart syndrome’ thru ‘federal or state’
Tax OR Penalty __ (KNOW History – seems like hitler pre WW ll ) .
> Many PPL ARE Holistic/Alternative & DO NOT ADVOCATE Being FORCED
Into ALLOPATHIC Big PHARMA DRUGS. Thru Tax 0r Penalty.
This Mindset ‘craap’ IS V. V. Baad. ( Altho
Allopathic is IS Quite NECESSARY in EM ETC. Man-Made DIS-EASE Thru Lack of
Human -Body Practice /EDUCATION/ Or Knowledge IS INDEED a ‘PITY’___>>>FREE WILL/CHOICE<<>> IS GOD GIVEN___<<< for Those Capable. ' I ' AM.
&&& ' Let NO Man Put Asunder'. PERIOD. Thank you.

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