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Supreme Court Pick May Be Priority After Inauguration

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Nearly a full year after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the vacancy left on the high court may be nearing an end. A spokesman for the President-elect Donald Trump transition team signaled that a court appointment would be coming soon after the inauguration on Jan. 20.

"He's solicited some input," Sean Spicer, the transition team’s spokesman and the incoming White House Press Secretary and communications director, told the “Hugh Hewitt Show” on Dec. 29, notes the Washington Examiner.  "But I think that I wouldn't expect an announcement until ... he is officially the president of the United States."

After Scalia’s death in February, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that Republicans would deny President Barack Obama from filling the vacancy for the remainder of his term in office.

“The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," McConnell wrote in a February statement, reports The Hill. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”

Obama tried to compromise with Senate Republicans by nominating a Centrist, Judge Merrick Garland.

"Now it's time for the Senate to do their job," he said after the nomination, reports NPR. "Give Judge Garland a hearing. Give Judge Garland an up-or-down vote."

With the election of Trump to president, the role may now to go an entirely new short list of contenders.

"He has had some discussions with staff and different outside groups and solicited some input, but to the best of my knowledge, there have been no one interviewed," Spicer continued, notes the Washington Examiner.

Spicer then commented on the Trump team’s relation to the media.

"Look, I get it, we're not going to win a battle whether the New York Times is going to ever give us a fair shake or not," Spicer concluded. "But we recognize that there's, you know, a few thousand readers or so left that still look at the New York Times, and so it's worth, probably, talking to them. I think, and so we're going to utilize various outlets to continue the conversation."

Sources: Washington Examiner, The Hill, NPR / Photo credit: Matt Wade/Flickr

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