Utah Sen. Mike Lee makes Donald Trump’s short list for Supreme Court Justice

Utah Sen. Mike Lee
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. File photo by Gary I. Rothstein/UPI

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 23, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Sen. Mike S. Lee is on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most recent list of people he will consider to fill Supreme Court vacancies.

But Lee is not interested, according to his spokesman.

“Sen. Lee already has the job he wants which is why he is campaigning to represent the great people of Utah again this year,” Lee spokesman Conn Caroll said in a statement.
“This new list does not change Sen. Lee’s mind about Trump in any way whatsoever.”
Utah Sen. Mike Lee. Photo: Wikipedia

Lee, who campaigned for close friend Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, has not endorsed Trump. Cruz dropped out of the race May 3 after Trump became the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, but not before Trump had made several verbal attacks on Cruz’s family.

Ironically, Cruz is rumored to be announcing his support for Trump as early as today.

Other names on Trump’s SCOTUS wish list, released Friday, are:
  • Neil Gorsuch, a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Margaret A. Ryan, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Edward Mansfield, an Iowa Supreme Court justice
  • Keith Blackwell, a Georgia Supreme Court justice
  • Charles Canady, a Florida Supreme Court justice
  • Timothy Tymkovich, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Amul Thapar, a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Federico Moreno, a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Florida, and
  • Robert Young, the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
In May, Trump released his first list of 11 potential Supreme Court picks. That listed included Lee’s brother, Thomas R. Lee, a judge on the Utah Supreme Court.
Others named on that list were:
  • Steve Colloton, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for Iowa
  • Allison Eid, an associate justice for the Colorado Supreme Court
  • Raymond Gruender, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for Missouri
  • Thomas Hardiman, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for Pennsylvania
  • Raymond Kethledge, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for Michigan
  • Joan Larsen, an associate justice for the Michigan Supreme Court
  • William Pryor, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for Alabama
  • David Stras, an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Diane Sykes, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for Wisconsin, and
  • Don Willett, a justice for the Texas Supreme Court

Mike Lee did comment on the first list, on which his brother’s name appeared, when it was initially released.

“It wasn’t just that there were some great names on that list, that was the best, most conservative Supreme Court shortlist I’ve ever seen,” Lee said. “And I was thrilled by that.”

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