May 5th, 2009
05:26 PM ET
12 years ago

Supreme Court nominee announcement 'not this week'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Don't expect to see a Supreme Court nominee in the next few days, the White House advised Tuesday.

Just one day after Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch told reporters he wouldn't be surprised if a Supreme Court justice nominee announcement was imminent, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters, "It's not going to happen this week."

"The president is…working with the team to get a look at the people that he thinks are best qualified for this position," Gibbs said at Tuesday's press briefing. "And obviously we want to move this process along in a timely fashion."

The press secretary repeated his previous statements that President Obama wants a justice seated before the court's term resumes in October.


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