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WH Counsel: Trump Not Outsourcing Judicial Picks

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By    |   Friday, 17 November 2017 10:57 PM

White House counsel Donald McGahn on Friday slammed "completely false" accusations that President Donald Trump was relying on the conservative Federalist Society for his judicial nominees.

"I've been a member of the Federalist Society since law school," McGahn told the annual gathering of the National Lawyers Convention hosted by the group. "Still am, so frankly it seems like it's been in-sourced."

McGahn's comments were reported by The Hill.

Trump seeks advice on his judicial selections from the Federalist Society, the Senate and other sources, he said.

"Seeking advice from Leonard Leo and many members of the Federalist Society is not outsourcing the judicial selection process," McGahn told the group. "The fact is, we all share the same vision of the judicial role and we welcome input from many sources."

Leo is the society's executive vice president. He is advising President Trump privately on judicial nominations, the Hill reports.

McGahn also joked that the Trump campaign sought to create two short lists of Supreme Court candidates: one with "mainstream folks" who could pass Senate muster and a second that was "too hot for prime time."

"The first list we're going to throw in the trash and the second list, that is the one we're going to put before the U.S. Senate because I know Leader [Mitch] McConnell is going to get it done," he said, referring to the Kentucky Republican who is the Senate majority leader.

McGahn was sharing what he had told Jonathan Bunch, the Federalist Society’s vice president, when he called the campaign to talk about judicial selections, the Hill reports.

The lawyer added that the White House was honoring the Senate's role on advise and consent regarding judicial nominees.

"We take very seriously the obligation to consult with the Senate and we painstakingly ensure that every senator has the opportunity to provide input on judicial nominees," he said.

"First thing I tell senators is we’re happy to interview and will consider anyone they recommend," McGahn said.

"Of course, some never take us up on this offer and many tell a different story to the press — but we are moving quickly to fill all existing judicial vacancies."

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