Trump: New SCOTUS Nominee Coming By Early February

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jan 11, 2017 12:25 PM
Trump: New SCOTUS Nominee Coming By Early February

Speaking at his first press conference of 2017, President-elect Donald Trump said that he expects to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court within two weeks of Inauguration Day. This puts the timeline at early to mid February, nearly exactly a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Trump has released a list of his potential nominees, and promised numerous times throughout the campaign and afterwards that his nominee would indeed come from that list. Notable figures on the shortlist include Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Twitter darling Justice Don Willett from Texas.

President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court about a month after Scalia's death. He was never given a hearing.