This should be very big news for conservative, libertarian, Constitutional originalists who are worried about the direction that Donald Trump’s administration could take. On Thursday the libertarian stalwart and defender of the Constitution, Judge Andrew Napolitano, met with President-elect Donald Trump in his offices in Trump Tower.
Judge Napolitano spoke with Fox Businesses’ Stuart Varney of Varney & Co. immediately following his hour-long tête-à-tête with Mr. Trump and told the Fox Business viewers that the conversation revolved around the “intellectual, ideological, and temperamental qualities,” needed for someone serving on the Supreme Court.
Judge Napolitano has had his own name bandied about by armchair pundits and hopeful conservatives for months now, but it remains unlikely that he himself will be nominated to the Court. However, being a well-known constitutional scholar and an articulate voice for the conservative-libertarian philosophy of the Court Napolitano could have much influence on President-elect Trump’s decision making in regards to choosing his nominees for the Supreme Court.
“The President-elect has begun to concentrate on the selection of a nominee to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court. He was interested in a broad range of ideas and attitudes about the type of person who would best fill Justice Scalia’s seat. That was essentially what we spoke about for the hour that I was privileged to spend with him…
The vast bulk of what we spoke about was the intellectual, ideological, and temperamental qualities that he should seek in the replacement for Justice Scalia.”
In the past Judge Napolitano has articulated what could be called a “Paulian” view of the Supreme Court and American politics. He has endorsed and supported several of former Congressman Ron Paul’s runs for the Presidency and in 2016 he was a backer of Senator Rand Paul’s bid for the White House. Judge Napolitano is also a Fox News mainstay and he is often the “go-to” opinion on issues of Constitutional law and justice on the network.