Clinton Insiders List Potential Supreme Court Nominees & the Top Pick Will Make Obama Very Happy

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.

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