Donald Trump releases list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court justices (all times local):

3:16 p.m.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett is laughing off the chance to comment on being named by Donald Trump as one of his 11 potential picks to serve on the Supreme Court.

Attending a book signing with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in Austin on Wednesday, Willet told reporters he was instead “exercising judicial restraint.”

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee said in March he planned to release a list of potential high court nominees to ease concerns about his conservative credentials.

Willett has a reputation as a strong conservative and his dry wit is frequently displayed on Twitter, where he sometimes posts 10 or more times a day.

In March, Willett took a swipe at Trump’s conservatism, tweeting: “Can’t wait till Trump rips off his face Mission Impossible-style & reveals a laughing Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

2:06 p.m.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Trump’s picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.

Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas.

Trump said in March he planned to release the list to ease concerns about his conservative credentials in the Republican primary.

He said then the list would include judges “that everybody respects, likes and totally admires” and “great conservative judges, great intellects, the people that you want.”

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