Joe Biden said today that he’s done a “deep dive” on four potential candidates, who are presumably black women, to succeed retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Biden, however, declined to name any of the prospective nominees and told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an interview, “I’ve taken about four people and done the deep dive on them, meaning thorough background checks, to see if there’s anything in the background that would make them not qualified.”
This week, the White House indicated that Biden remains on track to select a nominee before his self-imposed end-of-February deadline.
A White House spokesperson has named South Carolina U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs as being under consideration thus far, but others names have been floated.
DC Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger are two others that have been speculated to be under consideration.
Kamala Harris tweeted out today her opinion on the situation as she declared, “We have made historic strides to strengthen the judicial bench, with over 70% of our nominees being women.”
“Soon, the President will nominate the first Black woman—who will be eminently qualified—to sit on the Supreme Court,” Harris continued.
Harris concluded, “It’s about time.”
We have made historic strides to strengthen the judicial bench, with over 70% of our nominees being women.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 10, 2022
Soon, the President will nominate the first Black woman—who will be eminently qualified—to sit on the Supreme Court.
It's about time.
Harris is reportedly playing a key role in the selection of the Supreme Court nominee as Biden previously said he is “fortunate to have advising me in the selection process Vice President Kamala Harris.”
“She’s an exceptional lawyer, former attorney general of the state of California and former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Biden noted.
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