Thursday, January 12, 2017

Conservatives press Trump on Supreme Court pick

At The Hill By Alexander Bolton  --  

Influential conservatives are pressing President-elect Donald Trump to nominate Bill Pryor, a judge feared and disdained by liberals but loved by conservatives because of his “titanium spine,” to the Supreme Court.

Pryor is said to be on Trump’s short list to replace the legendary conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died almost a year ago.

Trump told reporters Wednesday that he will announce his nominee within two weeks of taking the oath of office on Jan. 20.

Conservatives want an intellectual heavyweight to fill Scalia’s shoes and fulfill Trump’s promise made during last year’s campaign to nominate a justice “in the mold of Scalia.”

“The person who would mostly likely be my top pick would be Bill Pryor,” said John Malcolm, director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, who has had several conversations with Trump’s transition team.

He described Pryor as an outstanding public servant who “calls it like he sees it” and won’t bend to public pressure.

“He has a titanium spine,” he added.

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