Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on President Trump's solicitor general nominee Noel J. Francisco will begin in the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
Francisco, who has filled the role of principal deputy solicitor general in 2017, formerly worked for global law firm Jones Day's government relations practice and served as an associate counsel to President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005.
Francisco also clerked for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals early on during his legal career. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals will begin hearing oral arguments regarding the controversy surrounding Trump's travel ban on Monday. Francisco's hearing is scheduled in between two federal appeals court arguments over the travel ban, as the 9th Circuit will begin hearing arguments in a separate case on the Monday after the start of hearings on Francisco's nomination.
As solicitor general, Francisco will have the responsibility of conducting and supervising the government's litigation at the Supreme Court. The travel ban cases are hurtling toward the Supreme Court and will take center stage next week just as the Senate takes Francisco's nomination under consideration. He will likely face questions about the government's arguments in these cases and the legality of Trump's actions on immigration.