Trump to nominate Noel Francisco for solicitor general

Trump to nominate Noel Francisco for solicitor general
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE is expected to nominate Noel Francisco to be the U.S. solicitor general, a role that would bring him before the Supreme Court to argue on behalf of the government, the White House said Tuesday.

Francisco has been serving as the administration's acting solicitor general.

He formerly practiced law in Washington, D.C., at Jones Day, where he argued three highly publicized cases before the Supreme Court. 


In June, Francisco successfully defended former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) in his corruption case. In an unanimous vote, 8-0, the Supreme Court overturned the lower courts' convictions. 

In May, Francisco represented religious nonprofits seeking exemption from a provision in ObamaCare that required employers to pay for contraception coverage.

He also successfully fought and obtained a ruling in 2014 that limited the White House from filling presidential appointee positions without the Senate’s approval.

Francisco’s background leans largely conservative. 

He previously served as a White House lawyer from 2001 to 2003 under former President George W. Bush, and he also clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

His nomination will require Senate confirmation.