- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s is sticking to the list of 21 potential Supreme Court nominees he identified during the campaign, transition team insiders said Wednesday, apparently knocking Sen.Ted Cruz out of the running for a seat on the high court.

Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the conservative Federalist Society, told reporters after meeting with Mr. Trump that the candidates for Supreme Court were on the list the campaign put out in September.

“My understanding from our discussion today is that is still the list and that he is committed to evaluating those people very carefully, honing that list and then ultimately making a nomination upon his assumption of the office,” said Mr. Leonard.

Mr. Leonard said that Mr. Trump summoned him to Trump Tower to talk about the importance he paces on the Supreme Court pick to replace recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.

Mr. Cruz, an accomplished lawyer and stalwart conservative, had been mentioned as a possible candidate for a nomination to the high court. But the Texas senator was not on Mr. Trump’s list of 21 conservative jurists and lawyers.



Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, was on the list.

Mr. Cruz, who met Tuesday with Mr. Trump at Trump Tower, reportedly is under consideration for U.S. attorney general.

Former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway also said Mr. Trump was working from the original list.

“You’ve seen the list of 21. The list has not changed,” she told reporters. “President-elect Trump has committed to choosing his Supreme Court justices, particularly the vacancy created by the untimely death of Justice Scalia [and] he’s committed to choosing from that list of 21.”

The 21 candidates identified by the Trump campaign were Keith Blackwell, Charles Canady, Steven Colloton, Allison Eid, Neil Gorsuch, Raymond Gruender, Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge, Joan Larsen, Mike Lee, Thomas Lee, Edward Mansfield, Federico Moreno, William Pryor, Margaret A. Ryan, Amul Thapar, Timothy Tymkovich, David Stras, Diane Sykes, Don Willett and Robert Young.

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