The Latest: Grassley impressed by Trump’s Supreme Court list


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court justices (all times local):

3:53 p.m.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s impressed by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s list of potential picks to serve on the Supreme Court.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley says in a statement released Wednesday that Trump’s list is made up of judges who “understand and respect the fundamental principle that the role of the courts is limited and subject to the Constitution and the rule of law.”

Grassley noted that Trump included a fellow Iowan on his list. Steven Colloton sits on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2003.

Grassley says understanding what kind of justices a president would appoint to the nation’s high court is an important part of the election debate.

He says that gives the American people “a voice in the direction of the Supreme Court for the next generation.”

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3:41 p.m.

Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees is getting a thumbs-up from a conservative group spearheading opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

Carrie Severino is head of the Judicial Crisis Network. She congratulated Trump in a statement released Wednesday for “making a very significant policy statement about his desire to prioritize the future of the Supreme Court.”

Severino said the 11 federal and state judges on Trump’s list all share “a record of putting the law and the Constitution ahead of their political preferences.”

Her group has spent nearly $4 million on ads and other efforts urging the Senate not to hold confirmation hearings or vote on Garland’s nomination to replace the Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.

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3:16 p.m.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett is laughing off the chance to comment on being named by Donald Trump as one of his 11 potential picks to serve on the Supreme Court.

Attending a book signing with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in Austin on Wednesday, Willet told reporters he was instead “exercising judicial restraint.”

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee said in March he planned to release a list of potential high court nominees to ease concerns about his conservative credentials.

Willett has a reputation as a strong conservative and his dry wit is frequently displayed on Twitter, where he sometimes posts 10 or more times a day.

In March, Willett took a swipe at Trump’s conservatism, tweeting: “Can’t wait till Trump rips off his face Mission Impossible-style & reveals a laughing Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

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2:06 p.m.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Trump’s picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.

Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas.

Trump said in March he planned to release the list to ease concerns about his conservative credentials in the Republican primary.

He said then the list would include judges “that everybody respects, likes and totally admires” and “great conservative judges, great intellects, the people that you want.”

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