Sen. Mike Lee rejects a potential Supreme Court nomination from Trump
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Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeMcConnell, allies lean into Twitter, media 'war' Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Criminal justice reform should extend to student financial aid MORE (R-Utah) quickly rejected the possibility of accepting a Supreme Court nomination from Donald TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE if Trump becomes president. 


The preliminary list of Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees mentions Lee and notes his experience on the Senate Judiciary Committee and his clerkship under Judge Samuel Alito.

Lee's spokesperson Conn Carroll, however, said that the senator is not interested in the offer.

"Sen. Lee already has the job he wants, which is why he is campaigning to represent the great people of Utah again this year," he said, adding that this decision "does not change Sen. Lee's mind about Trump in any way whatsoever." Politico was the first to report that Lee was not interested.

Although Lee never formally endorsed the Republican nominee due to "concerns," he has lauded Trump on his efforts to fill the Supreme Court with conservative justices. 

"Look, I have acknowledged in the past that I have got some concerns, and a lot of people share those concerns, and those things are still there. I will say that I really liked last week the list that he put out with regard to people he might appoint to the Supreme Court of the United States. There were some very good people on that list," Lee said in May in response to a shortlist published by the Trump campaign at the time.

Trump is expected to release a full list of potential Supreme Court nominees later on Friday.