President Obama will announce his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy on Wednesday, Mar. 16 at 11 a.m. in a Rose Garden ceremony. The vacancy came about after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia back in Febuary.
Although Republican vows not to consider his nominee, Obama said in an email to supporters sent from the White House on the three principles he considered while making his choice:
If the person has “an independent mind, unimpeachable credentials and an unquestionable mastery of law”; whether the nominee recognized “the limits of the judiciary’s role”; and whether his choice understood that “justice is not about abstract legal theory, nor some footnote in a dusty casebook.”
“In putting forward a nominee today, I am fulfilling my constitutional duty. I’m doing my job. I hope that our senators will do their jobs, and move quickly to consider my nominee.”
Obama has insisted for weeks that he will nominate a highly qualified individual and has requested that Republicans fulfill what he says is their responsibility to vote on his nominee.
We’ll update this post as soon as the nomination comes in.
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Source: NY Times