On Thursday, President Trump privately asked advisors what they thought about appointing Utah Senator Mike Lee to the Supreme Court as a replacement for Justice Kennedy, according to The Hill. Earlier in the week, Kennedy announced his plans to retire on July 31, and President Trump immediately set to collecting a list of 25 names of potential replacements, all of whom are staunch conservatives.
According to The Hill, Trump believes Lee would easily be able to pass a Senate confirmation vote, which is necessary for nominees. As for Lee, he recently told reporters that he was still interested in being named to the Supreme Court, should Trump choose to nominate him.
“I started watching Supreme Court arguments for fun when I was 10 years old. So if somebody asked me if I would consider that, I would not say no,” he told reporters, then added, “But the president’s got a decision to make and I trust his ability to make it and make it well.”
Mike Lee is a staunch conservative, and an original Tea Party member. Here’s what you need to know.
1. He’s an Untraditional Pick for a Supreme Court Justice
According to Vox, the standard type of person that is chosen to be a Supreme Court justice is usually a legal scholar or a judge. Lee is neither of those. Rather, he was elected in 2010 as the 16th Senator of Utah, and has remained a senator ever since.
Though Lee is not currently involved in law, his background is filled with it. According to his official government page, Lee graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and was even the Student Body President his senior year.
Lee then went to BYU law school, and proceeded to clerk for several judges and justices. Lee spent several years working with the law firm Sidley & Austin before deciding to make a foray into politics.
2. He Hasn’t Always Been Trump’s Biggest Fan, and Even Suggested the President Should Step Down at One Point
Surprisingly enough, Lee has not been a profound supporter of Trump’s political rise, both prior to Trump’s election and after. When Trump was running for office, Lee actively did not support Trump for a large portion of his campaign, even going on a massive rant about Trump to NewsMaxTV host Steve Malzberg.
Lee said, “Hey look, Steve, I get it. You want me to …read more