Trump pick to be U.S. solicitor general was raised in CNY

President Donald Trump will nominate Washington lawyer Noel Francisco to be solicitor general, the government's top advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House said on Tuesday.

Before this, Francisco was a partner in the Washington, DC office of law firm Jones Day, where he was the chair of the firm's government regulation practice.

The 47-year-old Francisco, who would be the nation's 47th solicitor general, has been filling the vacancy in that office since being named principal deputy solicitor general in January.

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Francisco's job were both under former US President George W. Bush.

Crafting responses to challenges to federal policies and advising the president and the attorney general, the SG has historically drawn public scrutiny only when personally arguing a high-profile case.

A former law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Francisco brings with him a wealth of appellate experience.

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Among the luminaries to have held the solicitor general's job were President William Howard Taft; Supreme Court justices Robert Jackson, Thurgood Marshall and Elena Kagan; Archibald Cox, who served as Watergate special prosecutor during Richard Nixon's presidency; Robert Bork, who fired Cox in the 1973 "Saturday Night Massacre" and whose Supreme Court nomination was defeated in 1987; and Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel whose probe almost brought down President Bill Clinton.

Francisco will have to weather that same trial, but there doesn't appear to be much reason for sharp opposition. Last year, he represented former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell, whose conviction on charges of corruption was unanimously overturned. The court in June ruled 8-0 in favor of McDonnell.

In May, Francisco represented religious nonprofits seeking exemption from a provision in ObamaCare that required employers to pay for the contraception coverage. That case was sent back to a lower court in May 2016, in hopes the parties could reach a compromise.

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The Geneva peace process has barely reached first gear, with five days of discussion exclusively on how to arrange the talks. Hariri said Ja'afari may have had his arm twisted. "So, I think it was quite useful", he said.

If his nomination succeeds, he will be the first Asian-American confirmed by the Senate to serve as solicitor general. Because of that, don't expect too rough a ride for Francisco, with the exception of some opportunities to hammer the administration over the so-called "travel ban".


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