Of all the appointments Donald Trump will make, perhaps none are more important than who he will pick to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat. And while Trump hasn’t named any names just yet, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is reportedly open to the position:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has informed Trump transition insiders that he would accept the nomination to take the place of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, potentially cementing the power of the court’s conservative wing for decades, according to sources.
But another source close to Cruz said that while he is eager to help the new administration, he hasn’t committed to any new position.
Cruz hinted at his openness to joining the court Friday at a legal conference.
“Ted Cruz would absolutely accept it if offered a seat on the court,” said a transition insider.
The source close to Cruz said later Sunday that Cruz hasn’t give a green light to President-elect Trump.
Cruz would be an excellent choice for Trump. His nomination to the Supreme Court would go a long way toward repairing the rift in the Republican Party caused by Trump’s campaign. Furthermore, at just 45 years old Cruz would likely serve on the court for decades.
Even if it’s not him, however, Cruz believes it’s “absolutely vital” the vacant seat is filled by a “principled constitutionalist.”