Mike Lee Puts Himself Back in the Running for Supreme Court
On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the nation's highest court. President Donald Trump promised to speedily replace him, and that he would choose someone on the list of 25 candidates he developed to fill the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump should pick Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
I have been a big fan of Lee for a long time. A former Supreme Court law clerk, this senator has taken firm principled stances and presented a strong originalist view of the Constitution. He made Trump's second list, the current one under consideration.
Lee took himself out of the running in September 2016, as he was running for his U.S. Senate seat that year. On Wednesday, he changed his tune. "If somebody asked me if I would consider that, I would not say no," the senator told reporters.
If confirmed, he would be the first sitting senator named to the Supreme Court since Hugo Black in 1937.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the other former Supreme Court law clerk in the U.S. Senate, threw his support behind Lee Wednesday. "I think the single best choice that President Trump could make to fill this vacancy is Mike Lee," Cruz told Fox News. "The reason why I think the best choice that President Trump could make is Mike Lee is because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mike Lee would be faithful to the Constitution and Bill of Rights."
Lee literally wrote the book about restoring the Constitution along originalist lines. I highly recommend his 2015 book, Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document.
Ken Klukowski, senior counsel and director of strategic affairs at First Liberty, also pushed for Mike Lee in 2016 comments to PJ Media.
"Mike Lee's work as a senator is a much clearer indication of his personal philosophy than many lawyers, because they argue for their clients," Klukowski explained. "A U.S. Senator who's been in office six years with a very robust constitutional philosophy reflected in their work is a rock solid record as to what their views are on the Constitution."