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White House Meeting Focuses on High Court Vacancy

President Barack Obama’s pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter is coming “soon— and the Senate should easily be able to act on the choice by the time the court convenes the first week of October, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said on Wednesday.Leahy spoke at the White House following a meeting that included Obama, Leahy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Judiciary ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). McConnell agreed that there is enough time to finish the process by October — a goal demanded by Obama — but he noted that the Judiciary Committee on average takes 60 days from the time a nominee is named before convening a hearing. Reid said he would not be held to timetables and asserted a hearing could be held before a 60-day interval is complete.Leahy promised a “good solid hearing— with a chance for “real debate,— but he seemed to warn Republicans against obstructionist tactics, saying it was important to “come together— and “restore the credibility of the judiciary.—McConnell called for Obama to avoid selecting a “judicial activist,— and warned Democrats against creating the appearance of “ramming this through.— But he refused to address whether Republicans might try to filibuster Obama’s choice, noting the nominee has not even been announced.

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