Hawley says 'no interest' in serving on Supreme Court after Trump floats his name

Hawley says 'no interest' in serving on Supreme Court after Trump floats his name
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Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyProvision requiring women to register for draft stripped from defense bill Bob Dole: heroic, prickly and effective To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors MORE (R-Mo.) said Wednesday that he would not accept a nomination to the Supreme Court shortly after President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE named him on a shortlist of candidates for the high court.

“I appreciate the President’s confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee,” Hawley tweeted Wednesday. “But as I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court. I look forward to confirming constitutional conservatives.”

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Hawley was one of three sitting GOP senators on the shortlist, along with Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMcConnell faces GOP pushback on debt deal Democrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China GOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments' MORE (R-Texas) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonGOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments' White House announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics Demand Justice launches ad campaign backing Biden nominee who drew GOP pushback MORE (R-Ark.).

Hawley clerked for Chief Justice John Roberts after graduating from Yale Law School.

The Missouri senator made the comments after saying in July that he would only vote to confirm nominees to the high court who believe Roe v. Wade was “wrongly decided.”

“I don’t want private assurances from candidates. I don’t want to hear about their personal views, one way or another. I’m not looking for forecasts about how they may vote in the future or predications. I don’t want any of that,” Hawley, who has not yet had an opportunity to vote on a Supreme Court nominee, told The Washington Post. “I want to see on the record, as part of their record, that they have acknowledged in some forum that Roe v. Wade, as a legal matter, is wrongly decided.”

The same day as Hawley’s tweet, Cotton tweeted that it was “time for Roe v. Wade to go” after the president’s announcement.