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Trump 'Committed' To 21 Potential Supreme Court Picks

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President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told reporters that Trump is "committed" to a list of 21 potential Supreme Court judges.

“You’ve seen the list of 21. The list has not changed,” Conway said, according to Politico. “President-elect Trump has committed to choosing his Supreme Court justices, particularly the vacancy created by the untimely death of Justice Scalia. He’s committed to choosing from that list of 21.”

The judges on that list are as follows:

1. Keith Blackwell
2. Charles Canady
3. Steven Colloton
4. Allison Eid
5. Neil Gorsuch
6. Raymond Gruender
7. Thomas Hardiman
8. Raymond Kethledge
9. Joan Larsen
10. Mike Lee
11. Thomas Lee
12. Edward Mansfield
13. Federico Moreno
14. William Pryor
15. Margaret A. Ryan
16. Amul Thapar
17. Timothy Tymkovich
18. David Stras
19. Diane Sykes
20. Don Willett
21. Robert Young

Trump will immediately get to nominate a judge of his choice. There has been a vacancy on the Supreme Court since the death of Antonin Scalia in February. Senate Republicans refused to hold a vote for President Barack Obama's pick, federal judge Merrick Garland.

“Senate Republicans’ strategy of not even considering Garland, of letting the American people decide who gets to fill Scalia’s seat, worked,” Ilya Shapiro, a lawyer with the Cato Institute, told The New York Times. “Not only that, but it didn’t at all hurt vulnerable senators running for re-election.”

Senate Democrats might try to fight a Trump pick in the same fashion Republicans fought against Garland.

“After the unprecedented and disrespectful treatment of Merrick Garland — a moderate judge who should have been quickly confirmed — the committee will pay very close attention to proposed nominees to ensure the fundamental constitutional rights of Americans are protected,” Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.

Sources: Politico, The Washington Post, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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