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Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron says he’s honored to appear on Trump’s list of potential SCOTUS nominees

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) said on Wednesday that he was honored to be mentioned by President Trump as a potential nominee to serve on the Supreme Court.

“It is an honor to be mentioned by President Trump today.  I remain focused on serving the people of Kentucky and delivering on my promise to tackle child abuse, human trafficking, the drug epidemic, and other public safety challenges throughout the Commonwealth,” he said in a statement to The Hill.

“Over the last several years, President Trump and Leader McConnell have worked together to confirm more than 200 federal judges, transforming our judiciary and ensuring the rule of law is upheld for generations,” he continued. 

Cameron, the first African American to serve as Kentucky’s general, is one of 20 people, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), that Trump named as potential nominees to serve on the court at a press conference earlier on Wednesday. Cameron also spoke on Trump’s behalf at the Republican National Convention late last month.

Cameron has gained national attention in recent months since assuming the role as prosecutor in the high profile case investigating the police killing of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black emergency room technician who died in March after police shot her in her own apartment in Louisville.

At the time, the officers who entered her home in plainclothes — Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove — had been carrying out a no-knock search warrant. The warrant was part of a drug case targeting Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover. 

When officers arrived at their home late at night, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said that he grabbed his firearm, for which he has a license, after hearing someone bang on their door, according to NBC News. He said he fired at the officers, believing them to be intruders. Taylor was killed after the cops returned fire.

In the months since her death, protesters have taken to the streets across the country to demonstrate against racial injustice and to demand the cops involved in Taylor’s death be punished.

It wasn’t until mid-June that Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced one of the officers involved in the shooting, Hankison, was terminated. The announcement came after Louisville Metro Police Chief Rob Schroeder accused the officer of shooting “blindly” in Taylor’s home.

However, Hankison and the other officers involved in the shooting have yet to be charged.

In a statement shared to Twitter earlier on Wednesday, Cameron, whose office has face increasing pressure to step up its efforts in the case amid calls from much of the public and a number of prominent figures, said the probe “remains ongoing.”

Reports emerged on Wednesday that Cameron will be presenting findings in the case to a grand jury.

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