Washington D.C., Sep 9, 2020 / 16:03 pm
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced more names of candidates he would nominate to the Supreme Court, despite no current vacancy at the court.
In addition to the existing White House list of two dozen potential Supreme Court nominees, Trump added 20 more names Sept. 9, including three sitting U.S. senators.
Among the names on the new list are Stewart Kyle Duncan of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals-the former general counsel for the religious freedom firm Becket-and Peter Phipps of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, whose membership in the Knights of Columbus was the subject of tough questions by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) when he was a district court nominee in 2018.
Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit court, a former professor at the University of Notre Dame and a Catholic mother of seven, was on the existing White House list of nominees.
Pro-life leaders hailed Wednesday's announcement by Trump. Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, said the appointment of pro-life judges to federal courts was "one of President Trump's greatest accomplishments" of his first term, and that "[w]e anticipate that process will continue in a second term."
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List and co-chair of the Trump campaign's pro-life outreach said that his list "is filled with all-stars."