WASHINGTON – President Biden informed his advisers that he had selected a Supreme Court nominee on Thursday, according to two people familiar with the selection process.
The president’s decision ended a month-long search to replace Justice Stephen G. Breyer, senior member of the three-member liberal wing of the court, who stated in January that he will retire at the end of the court’s current term this summer when his successor has taken over.
Mr. Biden is under pressure to announce his pick, whom he has promised to be a Black woman, somewhere between Russia’s response to the Ukraine invasion and the first Coalition speech. , scheduled for Tuesday. The White House did not comment on his decision, but CNN previously reported.
An announcement could be made as soon as Friday, but Biden advisers say it could take until the end of the month, which is Monday. Vice President Kamala Harris canceled a previously planned trip to Louisiana on Friday, although advisers to Mr Biden and Ms Harris said it was at least in part because she and Mr Biden would focus on Russia in a day part. Mr. Biden is scheduled to meet virtually with other NATO heads on Friday morning.
Earlier, on Thursday, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters the president had not made a “final, final” decision on the nominee. People familiar with Mr Biden’s decision would not say on Thursday night whether he would extend the offer to his chosen one.
Beginning last weekend, Mr. Biden held interviews with three candidates long considered to be on his shortlist. He talked to Judge Ketanji Brown Jacksonwho won the support of three Republican senators when Biden elevated her to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
He also interviewed Leondra R. Kruger of the Supreme Court of California, a former Supreme Court law clerk whose Yale Law pedigree is shared by four of the current justices.
The President also spoke with J. Michelle Childsa judge in the Federal District Court in South Carolina, a state in which Mr. Biden’s black voters helped him win the presidency.
While the nominee’s confirmation won’t change the court’s ideological balance – Republican-appointed conservatives will retain a 6 to 3 majority – it will achieve a different outcome first. First: All three judges appointed by Democratic presidents will be women.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/us/politics/biden-supreme-court-nominee.html Biden tells advisers he has chosen his Supreme Court nominee