Report: Trump To Announce Nominees To Fill Openings On Lower Federal Courts

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President Donald Trump on Monday will announce a slate of conservative nominees to begin filling vacant seats on lower federal courts, the New York Times reported.

An unnamed senior White House official told the New York Times that Trump will announce 10 nominees on Monday in the first of a series of announcements which that come at regular intervals. Per that source, Trump will draw from lists of potential Supreme Court nominees he issued during the campaign, as well as other sources, for his candidates.

“We look forward to making an announcement later today,” White House spokeswoman Kelly Love told TPM in an email.

That announcement would be a first step toward filling the 129 judicial vacancies on lower federal courts.

According to the Times report, Justices David R. Stras and Joan L. Larsen are among the candidates Trump will announce on Monday.

Stras serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court and formerly clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas. Per the Times’ report, Trump will nominate Stras to the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri.

Larsen, a former clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, is a conservative judge on the Michigan Supreme Court. According to the New York Times, Trump will nominate her to the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Amy Coney Barrett, also a former clerk to Scalia, will be nominated to the 7th Circuit, according to the report; John K. Bush will be nominated to the 6th Circuit and Kevin C. Newsom will be nominated to the 11th Circuit.

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