Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump today released 10 more of his potential Supreme Court justice picks, adding to his list of 11. While nine of the new 10 picks seem to be conservative lower court justices, there is one exception with a different set of job skills.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump also selected Utah Sen. Mike Lee. What makes that highly conservative choice significant is that Lee is a big fan of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The Wall Street Journal believes Trump's selection of Lee is an appeal to Cruz supporter holdouts who are still reluctant to vote for Trump. Neither Cruz nor Lee have endorsed Trump.
(Photo: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee)
When Trump did not select Cruz or Lee in his first round of picks, it was seen by some Cruz supporters as a snub of their favorite candidate. Trump did choose Mike Lee's brother Thomas, though.
Here is the list of newest picks:
— Mike Lee, Utah senator
— Neil Gorsuch, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
— Margaret A. Ryan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
— Edward Mansfield, Iowa Supreme Court
— Keith Blackwell, Georgia Supreme Court
— Charles Canady, Florida Supreme Court
— Timothy Tymkovich, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
— Amul Thapar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
— Federico Moreno, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
— Robert Young, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
Here is the list of rest of Trump's picks:
— Thomas Lee, Utah Supreme Court justice and brother of Mike Lee
— Steven Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals federal judge
— Allison Eid, Colorado Supreme Court justice
— Raymond Gruender, U.S. Court of Appeals federal judge
— Thomas Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals federal judge
— Raymond Kethledge, U.S Court of Appeals federal judge
— Joan Larsen, Michigan Supreme Court justice
— William Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals federal judge
— David Stras, Minnesota Supreme Court associate justice
— Diane Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals federal judge
— Don Willett, Supreme Court of Texas justice
What do you think Trump's picks?