Loretta Lynch Asks “Not To Be Considered” For SCOTUS

After the recent death of Anthony Scalia, President Obama has been vetting candidates to take his place on the high court. Here’s what you need to know.

By Bronte Price, PoliticKING

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was being considered for the Supreme Court nomination, has asked the White House to remove her name from consideration, a Justice Department spokeswoman said Tuesday.  "As the conversation around the Supreme Court vacancy progressed, the Attorney General determined that the limitations inherent in the nomination process would curtail her effectiveness in her current role. Given the urgent issues before the Department of Justice, she asked not to be considered for the position," Justice spokeswoman Melanie Newman said in a statement.

Lynch was allegedly mentioned on multiple lists of potential Supreme Court nominees for President Barack Obama, but recent reports suggested that she was no longer under consideration.

"While Lynch is deeply grateful for the support and good wishes of all those who suggested her as a potential nominee, she is honored to serve as Attorney General, and she is fully committed to carrying out the work of the Department of Justice for the remainder of her term," Newman added.

According to the Washington Post, the candidates under consideration include Sri Srinivasan and Patricia A. Millett. Srinivasan and Millett both joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2013.  Other candidates include, Jane L. Kelly, an Iowan who was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in 2013, Paul J. Watford, who has been a judge since 2012 on the California U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and, Ketanji Brown Jackson, lower-court judge, who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 2013.

Here’s what George Mitchell has to say about the Supreme Court nomination:

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