The Washington Times reports that President Barack Obama has begun interviewing candidates to replace Antonin Scalia as the next Supreme Court justice.
Sources say these candidates include Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; Judge Sri Srinivasan, of the same court; Judge Paul Watford, of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco; Judge Jane Kelly, of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals based in St. Louis; and U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who serves in Washington. Each of these judges had been previously rumored to be in the running for the position.
Whether President Obama decides on a candidate or not, the next step will be up to the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell previously stated that no hearings would be held in regard to a potential nominee. However, public opinion may change that. A recent poll of registered voters by NBC News and “The Wall Street Journal” showed that the majority of Americans disapprove of the Senate Republicans’ plans to block a nomination.