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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 HawleyHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Republican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices MORE (R-Mo.) said Wednesday that he would not accept a nomination to the Supreme Court shortly after President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he 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 CruzCruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Democrats brace for new 'defund the police' attacks MORE (R-Texas) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Republican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices 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.