Conservatives have much to hope for in President Trump choosing another Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, says Leonard Leo, who served as an outside advisor to Trump on judicial nominations in 2017. Leonard Leo spear-headed the effort to bring the Gorsuch nomination. Also, in response to question 26 in the Senate’s 68-page questionnaire, Gorsuch said that Leo was the first to approach him for the position.
Speaking with The Daily Signal, Leo said that conservatives should have confidence they will see another Gorsuch replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
"President Trump’s list of potential nominees for this vacancy includes many of the very best judges in America, judges who have records of being fair and independent and applying the Constitution as it was written,” Leonard Leo said. "I expect the nominee to be like Justice Gorsuch, to demonstrate excellence in every respect, and to earn widespread support from the American people, and bipartisan support for confirmation in the Senate."
According to LifeNews, Leonard Leo "previously led outside coalition efforts to support Chief Justice John Roberts’ and Justice Samuel Alito’s confirmations" and was the "Bush-Cheney presidential campaign’s Catholic strategist." He also served three terms as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
John G. Malcolm, the vice president of The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Constitutional Government, said he holds Leonard Leo "in the highest regard."
"I cannot imagine a better person to be advising President Trump and White House Counsel Don McGahn when it comes to selecting from among the outstanding men and women who are on the president’s list of potential nominees," Malcolm said. "I have no doubt that, with Leonard’s assistance, the president will nominate someone who is independent, fair-minded, and who is prepared to interpret statutes and the Constitution as they were written."