Updated: President Barack Obama will announce his Supreme Court nominee this morning. Merrick Garland is the hottest bet based on rumors.
This will steal some attention away from the Presidential race and the results for Super Tuesday 2. President Barack Obama will announce at 11am ET his Supreme Court nominee that will replace the late Antonin Scalia, who died last month.
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President Obama said in a statement: "As President, it is both my constitutional duty to nominate a Justice and one of the most important decisions that I -- or any president -- will make. I've devoted a considerable amount of time and deliberation to this decision. I've consulted with legal experts and people across the political spectrum, both inside and outside government. And we’ve reached out to every member of the Senate, who each have a responsibility to do their job and take this nomination just as seriously."
Merrick Garland has been confirmed as Obama's Supreme Court nominee. He currently serves as Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C., a court to which he was confirmed with majority support from both parties in the U.S. Senate in 1997. Now presiding as Chief Judge, Judge has more federal judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in history.
The announcement of the Supreme Court nominee will be broadcasted live from the White House Rose Garden here.
The Republicans made clear in the past weeks to not support any candidate Obama will propose. It will be exciting to see who Obama wants to see in the Supreme Court.
Reuters cites sources that Obama is likely either announcing Judge Sri Srinivasan or Judge Merrick Garland as Supreme Court nominee. Sri 49-year-old Sri Srinivasan and 63-year-old Merrick Garland serve together on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This is also the court Scalia worked before getting called to the Supreme Court.
The latest rumors say that Merrick Garland is Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Garland has been Obama's second choice before in supreme court nominations over the past years.
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The White House has setup a Twitter account for the Supreme Court Nomination named SCOTUS Nominations.