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Sen. Mike Lee at, on Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist
To be a possible replacement for justice Anthony Kennedy ‘honored’ as the President.
There is nothing like a good sibling rivalry to spice up the debate on the President Trump will nominate the next Supreme Court justice.
Shortly after judge Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday announced that he was retiring from the Supreme Court, Trump said he would be released, the choice of the Reagan-officer replacement from a list of 25 candidates for the White house, last November. Iincluded on this list, the Lee brothers were.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and his brother, Utah Supreme Court judge Thomas Lee, both of Trump ‘ to replace s list Kennedy in Washington – to serve the establishment of a sibling showdown over the the strong, to the highest court in the country.
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“My brother is a great lawyer,” Sen. Lee said his older brother, during an interview on “Fox and friends”, before adding, “I would really enjoy the opportunity to grill him as a member of the Senate’s Committee on legal Affairs.”
The Utah legislature is also noted that as a member of the Senate, he could theoretically vote for themselves, if it came to pass in the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice.
“My understanding is that this is what the Senate rules allow it and you’re still a senator until she said a senator,” the younger Lee. “You’re still a senator at the moment, you are than for something.”
Both the Lee brothers spent much of their lives to the Supreme court.
Thomas Lee, who served as a justice on the Utah Supreme Court since 2010, is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Mike Lee, known for his staunch conservativism, told “Fox and Friends” , he has watched Supreme Court arguments, since he was 10 “for the fun of it.”
“I started in this age of Supreme Court to observe arguments just for the fun of it, go with dad on the farm,” he said, “and I feel very honored to be carefully considered.”
Utah Supreme Court justice Thomas R. Lee takes his place on the bench after being confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City. President Donald Trump’s list of candidates for the Supreme court, published on the White House website in November of 2017 includes Lee.
(Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune, Pool, File)
The Lee brothers are the sons of President Ronald Reagan’s solicitor general, Rex Lee, who argued 59 cases before the Supreme court. The brothers also spent much of her childhood in Washington, DC
While his brother stayed mum since it was announced that he will be considered to replace Kennedy, Mike Lee, told Shannon Bream on “Fox News @ Night”, that he “no would be sure to say” if Trump nominated him to the post office.
The senator also has the support of at least one of his colleagues on Capitol Hill deserves.
Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Fox News’ Dana Perino, to fill his counterpart from Utah the “best choice” would be, the Supreme court vancancy.
“I think that could make the best choice for President, the trump card, in order to fill this vacancy sen. Mike Lee,” Cruz said on Fox News shortly after Kennedy’s announcement. “I think he would be exceptional.”
The President said on Wednesday that he would begin to replace the effort of Kennedy “immediately” and select from the list of 25 names, which he updated in the last year. Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate “vote to confirm justice Kennedy’s successor this fall.”
With Kennedy’s departure, the Republicans have a longed-for opportunity, the balance of the court. It has already adopted four judges by Democratic presidents and four by Republicans, Trump a shift in the ideological balance toward the conservative for years to come could pick up.
Republicans have a chance to get judicial nominees a top campaign issue that could help motivate conservative and Evangelical vote in November.
If the Republicans United behind Trump selection, there is little what they can do to Democrats to stop it. Republicans changed the Senate rules last year, so that the Supreme Court nominees filibustered, which means to confirm that only 51 votes are required.
The Associated Press contributed reporting to this piece.