'Missourians elected me to fight for them': Sen. Hawley turns down possible SCOTUS seat from Trump

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WASHINGTON (KMOX) - Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri says he's told President Donald Trump that he would not accept a position on the Supreme Court of the United States if chosen by the President. 

The statement came in a Tweet on Wednesday afternoon after Trump announced Hawley's name among a list of possible Supreme Court candidates he would consider nominating if a seat opened up. 

"I appreciate the President’s confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee. 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," Hawley wrote. "I look forward to confirming constitutional conservatives"

I appreciate the President’s confidence in listing me as a potential Supreme Court nominee. 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

— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 9, 2020

Another Missourian, Eastern District of Missouri judge Sarah Pitlyk, was on Trump's list.

But she's had some controversy in her past. Before confirmation to the District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the American Bar Association had rated her as unqualified because, in part, she had never tried a case or participated in any stage of a criminal case. Several Republican senators at the time including Hawley criticized the Bar Association. 

President Trump is calling on his rival, former Vice President Joe Biden to also release his list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. 

Here is the full list of Trump's possible nominees: 

- Bridget Bade, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals- Paul Clement, former U.S. solicitor general- Stuart Kyle Duncan, 5th Circuit judge- Stephen Engel, assistant attorney general- Noel Francesco, former solicitor general- James Ho, 5th Circuit judge- Gregory Katses, D.C. Circuit judge- Barbara Lagoa, 11th Circuit judge- Christopher Landau, U.S. ambassdor to Mexico- Carlos Muniz, Florida Supreme Court- Martha Packold, Northern District of Illinois judge- Peter Phipps, 3rd Circuit judge- Sarah Pitlyk, Eastern District of Missouri judge- Allison Jones Rushing, 4th Circuit judge- Kate Todd, deputy assistant to the president- Lawrence Van Dyke, 9th Circuit judge

Also on Wednesday, Hawley announced a new bill he would be introducing that would set aside $15 billion to create more state and local officer positions and raise pay for offices across the U.S. He says his bill would exclude cities that "defund their police."

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