Jonathan Swan Jan 31, 2017
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Inside Trump's Supreme Court pick

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Nobody like John Roberts. And nobody like David Souter. These two Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices — who disappointed so many conservatives over the years — have been top of mind for the tight team who is working with Trump to fill Antonin Scalia's vacancy on the court.

The overriding goal, says one of Trump's Supreme Court advisers, was to avoid choosing a "stealth" nominee who presents himself as an originalist but turns out to have a more flexible view of the Constitution than conservatives expected.