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GOP Scrambles for Solicitor General Replacement

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Now that Chuck Cooper has dropped out of consideration, who will fill the spot? (AP)

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Monday, 13 Feb 2017 10:46 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Last Thursday, the Trump administration was rocked by the withdrawal of Chuck Cooper for the key Justice Department position of solicitor general. And now the push is on to find Cooper's replacement.

Cooper's decision to drop out was due to the rough treatment given Sen. Jeff Sessions at the hands of Senate Democrats, which has raised questions about just how many conservative Republicans are willing to be nominated to major positions and submit to the Senate confirmation process.

Cooper, onetime Justice Department official in the Reagan administration, had been considered essential as the White House prepares to appeal Court of Appeals rulings against its delay on visas for people fleeing seven Muslim-majority countries.

As solicitor general, Cooper would have been the No. 3 official in the Justice Department and the government’s lawyer in cases before the Supreme Court.

But it was not to be. On Thursday evening, Cooper took himself out of consideration for the job and cited the rocky confirmation fight against Sessions.

“After witnessing the treatment that my friend Jeff Sessions,” he said, “a decent and honorable man who bears only good will and good cheer to everyone he meets, had to endure at the hands of a partisan opposition that will say anything and do anything to advance their political interests, I am unwilling to subject myself, my family, and my friends to such a process.”

Following Cooper’s surprise exodus, speculation on a possible solicitor general focused on Miguel Estrada, the Honduran-born attorney nominated by George W. Bush to the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2001. Estrada, who had previously worked in the Office of the Solicitor General, was blocked from a vote by the full Senate for the position of solicitor general by Democratic lawmakers.

Republicans charged that Democrats feared Estrada would go on to be the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court. Although they tried repeatedly to break the filibuster that held up Estrada’s confirmation, Republicans were unsuccessful. After two years, Estrada requested his name be withdrawn for the federal appellate judgeship.

Also mentioned as solicitor general are Chapman University School of Law professor John Eastman, a former dean of the law school and U.S. Civil Rights Commission official, and Washington attorney George Conway, husband of White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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