May 4th, 2010
06:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama interviews Wood for Supreme Court vacancy

Washington (CNN) – With senior officials saying he's edging closer to announcing his pick for the Supreme Court, President Obama interviewed federal judge Diane Wood at the White House on Tuesday, according to two sources familiar with the process.

Vice President Biden also conducted a separate one-on-one interview with Wood on Tuesday, according to the sources familiar with the process. A source close to Wood told CNN she had abruptly canceled her Tuesday afternoon class at the University of Chicago.

In addition to her judgeship, the 59-year-old Wood teaches a Civil Procedure class part-time. She was a finalist for the high court vacancy last year and had also met with Obama personally for the job that ultimately went to Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This time around, Obama has now held four one-on-one meetings with potential nominees to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, and the sources said there could be other meetings.

The President previously held separate meetings with Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sidney Thomas from Montana, and Federal Appellate Judge Merrick Garland.

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