The Constitution of the United States command the president of the United States to appoint nominees for the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Obama is fulfilling his Constitutional duties.
President Obama will announce federal appeal court Judge Merrick Garland on Wednesday as his nominee for the Supreme Court, according to reports.
Garland, 63, was selected by the President to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death last month, both The Associated Press and The New York Times reported.
Garland is the chief judge of the Washington, D.C., court of appeals. He was among those considered for the seat taken by Justice Elena Kagan in 2010.
Obama’s choice will pit the President in a bitter battle with Senate Republicans, whose leaders vowed to turn their back on his candidate — no matter who was chosen.
Obama has simply responded that he was fulfilling his Constitutional duties as President, rather than letting a seat on the nine-member court go vacant for 11 months.