President Barack Obama is summoning two Senate Judiciary Republicans to the White House on Wednesday morning to discuss the Supreme Court nomination process.
The president will meet separately with Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) in closed meetings to talk about where things stand in his process of selecting a nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. A White House aide said the high court nomination process won’t be the only topic of discussion.
White House officials have been mum on where Obama stands in his selection process, citing only a May 26 deadline. That’s the one-year anniversary of the day that Obama nominated Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and administration officials envision a similar timeline for the confirmation of the new justice. But one Hill source familiar with the process predicted action soon.
“I think it’s still possible there will be a nominee named by the end of this week. But if not then, I think it’ll happen next week,” the source said.