(THE HILL) — The White House is vetting federal appellate judge Jane Kelly as a potential nominee to the Supreme Court, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
The report is a sign that President Obama is making progress toward choosing a nominee, which would open up a new phase in his election-year clash with Republicans over filling the vacancy left by deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.
The White House declined to comment to the Times on whether Kelly is being vetted. Press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday would not divulge details of where Obama is in the nominating process, other than to say the White House has reached out to every Senate office to discuss the vacancy.
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