Sen. Mike Lee speaks at a Utah public lands forum hosted by the Sutherland Institute, June 29, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Lee has talked to the White House about a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, he said Friday. But Lee wouldn't say whether his name is among the potential front-runners. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Some lawmakers say they'd like to see one of theirs on court

July 03, 2018 - 12:14 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some members of Congress say they'd like to see President Donald Trump turn to Capitol Hill for a Supreme Court nominee.

Among those being suggested for the high court are Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Republican congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.

Lee is the only lawmaker on the list of 25 names from which Trump is working to find a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. But while Lee is championed by conservatives as a strict constitutionalist, he never backed Trump during the 2016 presidential race.

Recent history doesn't favor Lee or Gowdy. A veteran of Congress hasn't joined the court for nearly 70 years. Only a couple dozen members of Congress have also served on the court in its history.

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