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Stephen Breyer

A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court

In early 2016, while working as Donald Trump's top campaign lawyer, Donald McGahn came up with a novel idea whose reverberations are still being felt. Although Trump was surging toward the GOP nomination, uncertainty about his ideology and how he would govern had unnerved many mainstream Republicans and social conservatives.

So McGahn conceived of a list. It would contain the names of people Trump would consider to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the most important decisions facing the next president. By releasing the list publicly, Trump could reassure the GOP base.

The gambit helped Trump win the White House, and McGahn, now...

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