President Trump will announce multiple nominees to fill federal court vacancies on Monday, the White House said Monday.
"I'm pleased to announce today shortly after this briefing we will release a list of the president's third wave of federal court nominees," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. "These ten individuals that the president has chosen were chosen for their deep knowledge of the law and their commitment to upholding constitutional principles."
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, both included on Trump's shortlists, are set to be nominated to federal appellate courts. Spicer said Monday that Larsen was picked to join the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati and Stras was selected to join the 8th Circuit in St. Louis.
Larsen and Stras will join Judge Amul Thapar as nominees from the president's Supreme Court shortlists who have subsequently been nominated for appellate court seats. Hearings on Thapar's 6th Circuit nomination began in the Senate last month.
In anticipation of the White House's revealing of the federal court nominees, the right-leaning Judicial Crisis Network's Carrie Severino praised the likely nominees.
"President Trump is building on the success of his nomination of Justice Gorsuch with an outstanding new slate of nominees for the lower federal courts," Severino said in a statement. "The nominees have stellar qualifications and a record of courageous commitment to the rule of law that will make them excellent additions to the federal bench. When it comes to fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint strong, principled judges, Trump is knocking it out of the park."