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Trump Allies Float Jay Sekulow for Supreme Court Justice

In this image from video, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, Jay Sekulow, speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

There’s no vacancy on the Supreme Court yet, but it appears Trump allies are floating the idea that should a vacancy arise that Trump attorney Jay Sekulow ought to be considered for the job.

“He’s certainly qualified,” said John Dowd, a former Trump personal attorney told Politico. “He’d be a terrific Supreme Court justice.”

Dowd worked with Sekulow Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Sekulow was hired in June 2017 to help represent him during the investigation.

Sekulow has been a steadfast ally of Trump, and would certainly be a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court. If he were nominated once could imagine the circus Democrats would make of it. Aside from his conservative credentials and record, Sekulow’s defense of Trump during the impeachment trial irked Democrats to the core.

As an attorney, Jay Sekulow has argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court, and won 9 of them. He argued his first case before the Supreme Court in 1987 at the age of 30, and the Supreme Court unanimously agreed with his argument.

As qualified as Sekulow may be, I suspect that even if the White House puts Sekulow on a shortlist of possibilities, Trump will likely nominate a woman in order to avoid a repeat of the bogus attacks that Brett Kavanaugh had to endure.  Considering the likely scenarios for the next vacancy, Democrats are going to go nuclear no matter who Trump nominates, but especially if a vacancy occurs before the election this November, nominating a woman will make it that much harder for Democrats to smear the nominee.

So, yeah, ultimately, I think it is unlikely that Jay Sekulow will get a nomination to the Supreme Court. It would be an epic trolling on Trump’s part to nominate a man involved in his impeachment defense, but I rate this as highly unlikely.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis