Reports: Obama To Nominate Judge Merrick Garland To Succeed Scalia


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President Obama will reportedly announce that Merrick Garland is his nominee to succeed late Justice Antonin Scalia, according to multiple news reports Wednesday morning. An official announcement was scheduled for 11 a.m. ET at the White House.

Garland is chief judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals For the DC Circuit.

Scalia died February 13 while staying at a resort in Texas. Almost immediately after his death was reported, Republicans signaled they would block Obama’s nominee no matter who he chose, arguing that the next President should chose Scalia’s replacement.

The Associated Press, as well as CNN, the Huffington Post, and Politico reported that Obama had selected Garland, citing Congressional sources. The Wall Street Journal and NBC News confirmed that Garland will be the nominee as well.

The reports followed a 9:30 a.m. conference call between the President and Senate Democrat leaders and members of the Judiciary Committee about his nominee pick.