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Obama to begin process of vetting Supreme Court candidates over the weekend

Obama to begin process of vetting Supreme Court candidates over the weekend

Gregory Korte | USA Today

President Obama has made phone calls to Senate leaders and will begin vetting specific candidates over the weekend as he prepares to nominate a candidate to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death, the White House said Friday.

Obama will spend "a good part of the weekend" reviewing files on potential candidates prepared by the White House Counsel's office, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

"The president does not have a short list, and a list has not been completed," he said. "This is the very beginning of the process."

Earnest wouldn't give a number of candidates being considered ("certainly more than two," he allowed), or a specific timetable ("not one that I'm prepared to share publicly.") But he made clear the process is moving forward despite the insistence of some Republicans that he should allow the next president to make the nomination next January.

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