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Trump nominates Neomi Rao to replace Kavanaugh on D.C. Circuit Court

President Donald Trump. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
President Donald Trump. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump announced Tuesday that he had nominated Neomi Rao, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, to fill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Why it matters: The D.C. Circuit is widely considered the nation’s second-most powerful court and a stepping stone to a Supreme Court seat. Axios’ Jonathan Swan reported last month that Trump had interviewed Rao for the position and liked the idea of nominating a minority woman, though sources felt he came away unimpressed from their initial meeting.

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