Trump is set to announce a new Justice Department in his first 100 days, a move that would be the first major overhaul of the country’s legal system since Ronald Reagan’s administration in the 1980s.
The new administration will be led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is also expected to be confirmed as attorney general, The Associated Press reported Monday.
Trump has also appointed the chief of staff, Keith Schiller, to the post, according to the report.
Trump’s pick to lead the Justice Department is also likely to be announced soon, the AP reported.
The announcement comes as President Donald Trump seeks to make history in the 100th day of his presidency by nominating a successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a statement announcing the selection of Schiller as Sessions’ replacement, Trump said, “The nomination of Keith Schilling as a distinguished legal and constitutional law scholar is a remarkable development that demonstrates that the Trump Administration is committed to preserving the integrity of the judiciary and to protecting the Constitution of the United States.”
Schiller’s confirmation will likely be closely watched because he is the first African-American to serve as a Supreme Court justice, and his nomination has drawn scrutiny because he has no experience as a federal prosecutor or prosecutor.
Schiller was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law before joining the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice in Albany, New York.
Schilling’s nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
He has no criminal or legal experience, but he is a staunch defender of the civil rights of the LGBTQ community, including the right to same-sex marriage.
Schill also is the author of the new book, The War on Drugs: The Forgotten History of the War on Drug Policy, and is currently working on a book on police reform.
Schilly is the second African- American appointed to the bench in the Trump administration.
Attorney General James B. Comey announced in January that John Ashcroft, the longest-serving attorney general in U.D.C., would retire, citing health reasons.
The Trump administration has also announced the nominations of John Ashworth, who served as a U.N. ambassador from 2007 to 2011, and Jeff Sessions to lead a Justice Department that will continue Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.