Trump meets with Alabama's Bill Pryor, discusses possible Supreme Court seatBy Rebecca Rakowitz | 01/19/2017 12:34am
President-Elect Trump met with Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor regarding a potential U.S. Supreme Court nomination. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
President-elect Donald Trump met with former Alabama Attorney General William “Bill” Pryor on Saturday to discuss Pryor becoming a Supreme Court justice. A seat on the bench has been open and in contention since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year.
Pryor, 54, is a Mobile native and the current Judge for the 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He was nominated to this position by George W. Bush in 2005, following his run as the country's youngest state attorney general from 1997-2004.
Pryor is thought to be on Trump's shortlist and to be the top choice of Attorney General nominee, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions. Trump's list was narrowed down from around 20 choices and includes Pryor as well as Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge Diane Sykes.
For a time there were reports that Trump might nominate Ted Cruz, but Cruz declined, supposedly due to plans to run for president again.
Trump has said that he will likely nominate a replacement within two weeks of his inauguration on Friday. He has promised to choose a conservative judge.