As the battle over Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland simmers in the background, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is said to be gathering a list of favorite judges should vacancies arise during her potential presidency.
According to The Hill, “three well-connected groups in Washington” said that Clinton’s list is shaping up. At the top of the list is none other than Merrick Garland:
He’s an obvious choice, having already completed the background checks from the FBI and the American Bar Association to be a Supreme Court nominee; that process can take up to four months.
President Obama has been fighting for Garland for months, and would likely be very pleased if the D.C. appeals judge finally secured a seat on SCOTUS.
Other judges on Clinton’s list are well known, and varied figures, including:
- Sri Srinivasan (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals)
- Jane Kelly (Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals)
- Paul Watford (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)
- Jacqueline Nguyen (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)
- Goodwin Liu (California Supreme Court)
- Mariano Florentino Cuéllar (California Supreme Court)
- Lucy Koh (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California)
- Patricia Ann Millet (D.C. Circuit Court)
- Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
- Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
The above list is incredibly diverse, including a Hindu Indian-American, five women, two African-Americans, one Hispanic, and three Asian-Americans.
Donald Trump, in an attempt to quell fears that he wouldn’t nominate strong conservative judges, released a list of potential SCOTUS picks in May.
Tuesday, Clinton also mentioned a possible SCOTUS pick that would be unprecedented.
At an event in Iowa, the former-Secretary of State was asked if she’d consider appointing President Obama to the Supreme Court. Clinton replied:
“Wow, what a great idea. No one has ever suggested that to me, I love that, wow. He may have a few other things to do, but I tell you, that’s a great idea.”
Obama does have a law degree from Harvard, which Clinton alluded to in her response:
“I mean, he’s brilliant, he can set forth an argument and he was a law professor. So he’s got all the credentials, but we would have to get a Democratic Senate to get him confirmed.”
Currently, the Senate is 54-44 in favor of Republicans, so an Obama nomination would be difficult.