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Trump floats another Georgia judge as possible Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday added a second Georgia Supreme Court justice to his list of possible U.S. Supreme Court picks.

Trump said he would consider Georgia Justice Britt Grant for a position on the nation's highest court should a new vacancy occur, adding the jurist to a pool of roughly two-dozen other potential appointees.

Grant was tapped to serve on Georgia's high court in January, becoming the panel's third female justice. Prior to that she was solicitor general in the state Attorney General's Office and worked for then-Congressman Nathan Deal and the George W. Bush administration.

The president also added Atlanta-based federal court Judge Kevin Newsom to the list. The former Alabama attorney was recently confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

"The President remains deeply committed to identifying and selecting outstanding jurists in the mold of Justice Gorsuch," the White House said Friday. "These additions, like those on the original list released more than a year ago, were selected with input from respected conservative leaders."

Grant joins colleague Keith Blackwell on Trump's list of conservative jurists. The former Cobb County prosecutor and state Court of Appeals judge was named by Trump last year in the weeks leading up to the election.

Trump often cites the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as one of his top accomplishments from his first year in office.

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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.