President Trump is expected to release a new list of potential Supreme Court nominees “in the coming days,” in an effort to motivate conservatives to show up and vote this November.
The president initially announced that he was working on a new list after his first appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was the deciding vote against workplace discrimination. The decision also comes less than 60 days until the presidential election.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed on Tuesday that the list would be shortly released.
“We’ve been working on the SCOTUS picks, I don’t know that there’s been a delay as much as there has been a whole lot of other priorities that we’ve been working on,” Meadows said, as Axios reports.
“I’m optimistic that you’ll see those SCOTUS picks in coming days. We’ve been working very closely, the president has, with the White House general counsel, getting input from a number of others,” he continued, speaking to a group of reporters. “I’m excited about the list, and the president will be signing off on that in the coming days.”
As BizPac Review reports, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany similarly announced last week that the new list would be released “after the Labor Day weekend.”
“You will see it soon,” she said. “Certainly in the next few weeks, but it will be after the Labor Day weekend.”
President Trump announced in June that he was working on compiling a new list, similarly to how he first released a list of Supreme Court candidates ahead of his 2016 presidential election.
“I will be releasing a new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees, which may include some, or many of those already on the list, by September 1, 2020,” he tweeted in June.
I will be releasing a new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees, which may include some, or many of those already on the list, by September 1, 2020. If given the opportunity, I will only choose from this list, as in the past, a Conservative Supreme Court Justice…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
At the time, Axios reported that the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo, who helped form Trump’s first list of potential nominees, said he was “surprised” when he first learned the Trump administration would be releasing a new list. He said, however, that doing so made sense ahead of his re-election effort.
“The President seems open to considering names from the current list, which includes people like Amy Coney Barrett, Mike Lee, and Amul Thapar, but his decision to expand the list is a great idea because he’s put so many other great people on the court of appeals bench. He can leverage all that talent, and strike some new ground,” Leo said via the report.