Like Santa Claus, Donald Trump has made his list. And he checked it twice.
Kellyanne Conway said the president-elect will pick his Supreme Court nominees from his original list of 21 judges, shutting down rumors that Ted Cruz was in the running for a spot on the nation’s top court.
“You’ve seen the list of 21,” Conway told the press, the Daily Caller reported. “The list has not changed.”
Conway continued: “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.”
Conway made the remarks amid speculation that Texas senator Ted Cruz was a likely SCOTUS nominee. Cruz, a Harvard Law alum, has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump released his original list of 21 possible nominees in May 2016, shortly after Cruz withdrew from the Republican primaries.
Trump will likely select more than one Supreme Court judge during his presidency.
Senate Republicans had successfully blocked President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, from replacing conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016, saying the seat should be filled by the next president.
In return, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) vowed Democrats will put Trump’s Supreme Court nominees under a microscope.
“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,” Feinstein said in a statement.
Trump’s list of possible Supreme Court nominees:
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
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