UPDATED 8:35 AM PT – Thursday, February 17, 2022
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claims Joe Biden will not be “swayed” by public campaigns or political lobbying in his search for a Supreme Court nominee. During a press conference Wednesday, she said Biden has a number of potential choices he’s very excited about, but did not say when he will hold interviews with any of them.
This comes as House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (dD-S.C.) as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have pushed for Biden to pick U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs to fill the vacancy on the court. However, Psaki insisted that Biden is focused on the credentials of his nominees.
“The President is not interested in public griping, or in lobbying campaigns or efforts to trash other candidates,” stated the press secretary. “He is going to keep his blinders on, look at the qualifications, the cases, the backgrounds, the credentials of these eminently qualified nominees. All of the ones he’s considering would make excellent qualified Supreme Court justices and that’s where his focus remains on.”
There’s a long list of extraordinarily qualified Black women to serve on the Supreme Court. After 232 years and 115 justices, we’re finally going to put one on the bench.
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 9, 2022
Biden is expected to announce his selection by the end of the month. In regards to his decision, he stated, “there are a wealth of extraordinarily qualified potential nominees under consideration — all of whom are deserving of bipartisan support.”