Court watchers say the candidates floated by Trump all have one big thing in common: an “originalist” view of the Constitution, an approach Scalia took during his time on the court.
“These are people who share a common concern for approaching the Constitution as written, not making it up as you go along,” said Shannen Coffin, who served as counsel to former Vice President Dick Cheney. “They wouldn’t be imposing their own judgments on interpretations.”
Appellate judges Sykes and Pryor, two names previously floated by Trump as model jurists, are both on the list. So is Utah Supreme Court Judge Thomas Lee, the brother of Sen. Mike Lee and the son of Rex Lee, a former U.S. solicitor general during the Reagan administration.
Other judges mentioned include Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, David Stras of Minnesota, Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.