The South Asian Times

20 February 2019 10:32 AM

Trump names Raj Shah to key role in appointment of SC justice

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President Donald Trump has appointed an Indian-American official, Raj Shah, to a key role in the contentious process of the appointment of the next justice of the Supreme Court, the White House announced on Monday.

Shah will take leave from the position of Trump's Deputy Principal Press Secretary to concentrate on getting the President's nominee through the Senate approval process, White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders said.

"Raj Shah will oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies," Sanders said in her statement.

Getting a successor to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his resignation last week, approved by the Senate before the current session ends this year is a crucial task for Trump. 

One of the candidates in a short list of 25 potential nominees announced by Trump during his campaign included Judge Amul Thapar, who is now a federal judge in Kentucky.

He has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.

"I think he's absolutely brilliant, with the right temperament," McConnell said Saturday, but added that he had no idea whom Trump will pick.

Trump has said that he will announce his choice next Monday.

Update: 07 July, 2018