Sen. Mike Lee, brother Thomas Lee still on Trump’s potential Supreme Court nominee list


Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks during the annual Utah Eagle Forum convention in Sandy on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks during the annual Utah Eagle Forum convention in Sandy on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. | Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News

President Donald Trump adds 20 names to list of possible high court nominees

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Sen. Mike Lee and his brother Utah Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Thomas Lee remain on President Donald Trump’s list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees.

The president added 20 names to the list Wednesday in an announcement from the White House. He said they would be jurists in the mold of Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Scalia died in 2016. Trump replaced him with Neil Gorsuch.

“Every one of these individuals will ensure equal justice, equal treatment and equal rights for citizens of race, color, religion and creed,” Trump said.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Supreme Court Justice John A. Pearce, Associate Chief Justice Thomas R. Lee, Justice Christine Durham and Justice Constandinos Himonas listen as Matthew B. Durrant, chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court, speaks to the House of Representatives at the state Capitol on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

Justice Lee was on Trump’s original list of possible nominees released a few months before the 2016 election.

The president interviewed Sen. Lee in 2018 when looking to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Lee said at the time that if he were asked to consider the job, “I would not say no.” The position went to Brett Kavanaugh after a contentious Senate confirmation hearing.

Sen. Lee, who has no judicial experience, also was on the list of 25 potential nominees Trump prepared during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump added three more sitting U.S. senators — Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri — to the list he announced …read more

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