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  Key conservatives pushing Mike Lee for the Supreme Court
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Last EditedRP  Apr 11, 2016 04:25pm
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AuthorJames Hohmann
News DateThursday, April 7, 2016 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionProminent conservatives are lobbying Donald Trump to say that he will nominate Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to the Supreme Court if he’s elected president.

And Trump’s main rival for the nomination, Ted Cruz, has already said he’d consider his best friend in the Senate for the seat that opened with Antonin Scalia’s death.

Heritage offered up a wish list of eight “highly qualified candidates” that includes Lee. Besides him and Paul Clement, a former solicitor general under President George W. Bush, the six others are sitting judges. For those who enjoy playing SCOTUS parlor games, none will come as a surprise: William Pryor Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Diane Sykes on the 7th Circuit, Steven Colloton and Raymond Gruender on the 8th Circuit, Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit and Don Willett, a justice on the Texas Supreme Court.

Key Senate Republicans said privately that they would probably wind up invoking the nuclear option for Supreme Court nominees if their party manages to both win the White House and hold the Senate majority in November.
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