White House: Obama To Pay Respects To Scalia Friday, Won’t Attend Funeral

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February 17, 2016 1:56 p.m.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that President Barack Obama doesn’t plan to attend the funeral for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Earnest said Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, would “pay their respects” to Justice Scalia on Friday at the Supreme Court as he lies in repose. He said Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill planned to attend the funeral on Saturday.

“The President obviously believes it’s important for the institution of the presidency to pay his respects to somebody who dedicated three decades of his life to the institution of the Supreme Court,” Earnest said.

Scalia died Saturday at age 79 while on a hunting trip in Texas.

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