Obama administration reportedly vetting Iowa judge for SCOTUS nomination

The U.S. Supreme Court. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

According to a report in The New York Times, the Obama administration is vetting Jane Kelly, a 51-year-old federal appellate judge in Iowa, as a possible nominee to succeed the late Antonin Scalia for a seat on the Supreme Court. The White House has been mum on the selection process, but the Times report cites remarks made by an anonymous source who is familiar with the vetting and who said the FBI is currently conducting background interviews on Kelly. Republicans have vowed to refuse to even consider any nominee President Obama puts forth, but Kelly is a judge who has won praise from conservative lawmakers in the past. For instance, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who chairs the Senate judiciary committee,  spoke glowingly of Kelly after she was unanimously confirmed to her current post in 2013, after working as a public defender for years. He wrote a letter commending Kelly in which he described her as a “forthright woman of high integrity and honest character” and a person of “exceptionally keen intellect.” In nominating Kelly, the White House would be challenging the senators, Grassley being foremost among them, to stick to their pledge to not hold hearings on a nominee until after the presidential election in November. Obama is expected to make his selection sometime in the next few weeks.

A screen grab shows Jane L. Kelly. (via MimesisLaw)

A screen grab shows Jane L. Kelly. (via MimesisLaw)

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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