AG Brnovich backs Trump ... kind of

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He fought against Donald Trump in the primary and he's backed out of attending the GOP convention in Cleveland.

But Attorney General Mark Brnovich trusts Trump to pick the next Supreme Court justice.

"I have seen the list of proposed of nominees that Donald Trump has said he would nominate for the Supreme Court and I think almost of them are very excellent selections," the state's top law enforcer said Thursday.

His comments come as the high court deadlocked on a major immigration issue that reverses President Barack Obama's executive action to shield millions of migrants from the threat of deportation.

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But the 4-4 tie means the issue could soon find its way back to the court and underscores the importance of the current presidential election.

The winner of the White House will choose who fills the open seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year. In essence, the next commander in chief could be installing the swing vote on immigration and other hot-button legal issues.

Trump and his likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, offer radically different views on most issues -- especially immigration.

Trump has built his campaign on get-tough immigration proposals such as building a wall along the southern border and forcing Mexico to pay for it.

He's also opposed to Obama's immigration policies while Clinton has said she would keep them in place.

When asked trusted if he trusts Trump more than Clinton in selecting the next justice, Brnovich was diplomatic in his answer.

"We’ll see. Hillary Clinton has not released her list so I can’t comment on what she may or may not do, but I have been impressed with the list Donald Trump has floated out there"

During the primary, Brnovich served as the campaign chairman for Florida  Sen. Marco Rubio's failed presidential bid.

He has also declined to travel to the GOP's national convention next month, citing family obligations.

But he is taking a tough stand against the White House and its immigration policies and is clear on his opinions about Thursday's ruling.

"At least temporarily there a victory for the rule of law and the Constitution against executive overreach," he said.

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