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President Obama To Announce Supreme Court Nominee Today

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 16/03/2016 Sam Stein

President Barack Obama will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court at 11 am Eastern Standard Time Wednesday, the White House said in an early morning email.

The name of the nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia is not yet known, though Reuters reported that it would be either Judge Sri Srinivasan or Judge Merrick Garland

The announcement, which the president will make in the Rose Garden, will kick off a major Capitol Hill fight for Obama. Republicans have said they not only will oppose any nomination, but also refuse to hold hearings or even meet with him or her. 

Still, the president has vowed to fulfill what he sees as his constitutional obligation to fill the vacant court seat. That battle begins Wednesday, as he noted in an email to supporters.

Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

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.


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