President Biden follows through on his promise to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court | Richmond Free Press

President Joe Biden met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House on Wednesday to discuss how to fill an upcoming Supreme Court vacancy, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

President Biden has promised to appoint the first black woman to the High Court to fill the post vacated by Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who is retiring at the end of this term. The president, who has promised to make a decision by the end of the month, has drawn up a list of potential candidates that includes women with a variety of professional skills, ranging from federal defenders to judges and longtime academics.

Sen. Schumer, DN.Y., promised the Senate will have a fair process that moves quickly to fill the vacancy. His meeting with President Biden was confirmed by a person who was not authorized to speak publicly about private events and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. On Tuesday, President Biden hosted Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and rank-and-file Republican Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The president also spoke by phone with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The court was composed entirely of white men for almost two centuries. Judge Clarence Thomas and the late Thurgood Marshall are the only two black men to have served on the court. There has never been a black woman.

Among the candidates under consideration are Ketanji Brown Jackson, who serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, United States District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs of North Carolina South, California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, United States District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright of Minnesota, and New York University law professor Melissa Murray, an expert in family law and reproductive rights justice.

According to people familiar with the discussions, another name in the mix is ​​Leslie Abrams Gardner, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of Georgia and sister of Stacey Abrams, a powerful suffrage activist and Georgia gubernatorial candidate. .

President Biden, who led the Judiciary Committee through six appointments during his tenure as Delaware senator, said Tuesday he plans to seek “advice and consent” from senators during the process, and he hopes for a bipartisan candidate.

Two Republicans have indicated they may vote for President Biden’s nominee – if it’s the right one. The senses of South Carolina. Both Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott have spoken highly of Ms Childs, who received her law degree from the University of South Carolina Law School. She is also the favorite of Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a powerful Democratic ally.

Senator Graham tweeted a photo of the three South Carolina lawmakers sitting together at lunch on Wednesday. “Nice camaraderie today with my colleagues,” he wrote. Senator Graham also said his vote would be “much more problematic” if Judge Childs was not the nominee.

Former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat who often crossed party lines before being beaten for re-election in 2020, will be the top White House official to spearhead the nomination.

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