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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Here's who Trump wants as successor on Supreme Court

Graeme Massie
·3 mins read
 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has set the scene for a fierce political battle to replace her just weeks away from a presidential election.

Earlier this month Donald Trump updated his roster of more than 20 potential Supreme Court nominees, from which he could appoint his third justice.

Those names included Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Senator Ted Cruz, who has denied any interest in taking the position.

Amy Coney Barrett sits on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia and previously a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame

Ms Barrett was quoted in a 2013 publication affiliated with Notre Dame as saying she thinks it is “very unlikely at this point” that the Supreme Court would overturn landmark abortion case Roe v Wade.

Amul Thapar was nominated by Mr Trump to the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017.

He was previously handpicked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve as US attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

In 2007 he was the first American of South Asian descent to be named to an Article III federal judgeship.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one of Mr Trump's top Supreme Court contendersUniversity of Notre Dame Law School via AP
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one of Mr Trump's top Supreme Court contendersUniversity of Notre Dame Law School via AP

Former US Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who stepped down from the role in July, has been involved in many controversial issues before the Supreme Court, including the president’s financial records and travel bans.

Former US Solicitor General Paul Clement served under George W Bush and has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court, including ones on voting rights, religious liberty and health care.

Barbara Lagoa was appointed by Trump to the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2019.

She was the first Hispanic woman and first Cuban American woman on the Supreme Court of Florida and would become the second justice of Latina descent after Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Senator Tom Cotton has previously said that “It’s time for Roe v Wade to go” and when his name was added to Trump’s list said that he “will always heed the call of service to our nation.”

Judge Bridget Bade, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals

Daniel Cameron, Kentucky attorney general

Paul Clement, former solicitor general

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas

Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals

Steven Engel, assistant attorney general at the Justice Department

Noel Francisco, former solicitor general under the Trump administration

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri

Judge James Ho, 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Greg Katsas, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Judge Barbara Lagoa, 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals

Christopher Landau, US ambassador to Mexico

Justice Carlos Muniz, Florida Supreme Court

Judge Martha Pacold, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Judge Peter Phipps, 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Sarah Pitlyk, US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Judge Allison Jones Rushing, 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals

Kate Todd, deputy White House counsel

Judge Lawrence VanDyke, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals

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