Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away over the weekend and President Obama held a news conference today stating that his was going to nominate a successor for Justice Scalia.
“The Constitution is pretty clear about what is supposed to happen now,” President Obama said the Constitution demands the president nominates a candidate the Senate either confirms or rejects the nomination.“There’s no unwritten law that says that it can only be done on off years,” President Obama said. “That’s not in the Constitutional text.”
said he understood the political stakes of a nomination that could change the balance on the court. “I understand the pressure that Republican senators are now under,” he said. “This would be a deciding vote.”
But President Obama feels that the Supreme Court should be above political gamesmanship.“This will be a test of whether rules, norms, and fair play can function at all in Washington,” he said.
“The Constitution is pretty clear about what is supposed to happen,” Mr. Obama said. “When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the president of the United States is to nominate someone, the Senate is to consider that nomination. Either they disapprove of that nominee or that nominee is elevated to the Supreme Court.”
It seems the President is dead set on having a nominee for the Supreme Court Justice vacancy and we will keep you updated on any breaking news on this subject.