According to the New York Post, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says President Donald Trump is finalizing a list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court that he would choose from if given the chance to replace a sitting justice if he wins a second term.
Meadows’ comments on the matter came Tuesday while speaking with reporters outside the White House, the New York Post reported.
“I’m optimistic that you’ll see those SCOTUS picks in coming days, but we’ve been working very closely, the president has, with the White House general counsel, getting input from a number of others,” Meadows said, according to the Post.
He went on: “I’m excited about the list. And the president will be signing off on that in the coming days.”
It remains to be seen when exactly a retirement may happen — but if President Trump wins in November’s election, the chance that he’ll get to replace a sitting justice will jump up dramatically.
That’s why many conservatives have been eagerly awaiting a list from Trump of potential SCOTUS picks — a list that Meadows says is now on the way.
According to the New York Post, the president had originally promised to finalize his list by Sept. 1.
“I will be releasing a new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees, which may include some, or many of those already on the list, by September 1, 2020. If given the opportunity, I will only choose from this list, as in the past, a Conservative Supreme Court Justice,” Trump wrote in a June tweet.
Meadows, for his part, has attributed the missed deadline to the president’s busy schedule and ever-changing priorities.
“I don’t know that there’s been a delay as much as there has been a whole lot of other priorities that we’ve been working on,” Meadows said, according to The Washington Times.
The Times reported that Trump released a similar list when he was running for president in 2016.