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The White House confirms that Judge J. Michelle Childs is being considered by the Supreme Court

The White House on Friday confirmed to The Washington Post that J. Michelle Childs, a federal district judge in South Carolina, is one of several candidates the president is considering to be his candidate for the Supreme Court.

The South Carolina judge is "among several people being considered for the Supreme Court," White House spokesman Andrew Bates told the newspaper.

But he also pushed back on news reports suggesting the president was considering only three potential choices, which have often mentioned Childs, Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger.

"And we will not move her nomination to the appellate court while the president is considering her for this vacancy," Bates told The Post, citing her nomination last month by Biden to serve on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. "At the same time, reporting that the president is only seriously considering three potential nominees is wrong."

The newspaper noted that this is the first time that a name of a possible candidate for the nomination of the Supreme Court has been confirmed by the White House. Development comes as Justice Stephen BreyerStephen Breyer Supreme Court Paves the Way for Execution in Alabama McConnell: I Want to Give Biden's Supreme Court Candidate "a Fair Look" Clyburn Calls for Full Court Press on Voting Rights MORE announced this week that he would resign after the High Court's current term.

Biden reiterated his plan to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court during remarks Thursday.

"I have not made any decision except one: The person I want to nominate will be someone with exceptional qualifications, character experience and integrity," the president said. "And that person will be the first black woman ever to be nominated to the United States Supreme Court. That is long overdue in my opinion. I made that commitment during my election campaign as president, and that commitment I will keep."

Childs has received support from House Majority Whip James Clyburn (DS.C.), and he told CNN in an interview Wednesday that he believed in "more Republicans," including Sens. Lindsey GrahamaltLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell: I want to give Biden's Supreme Court candidate 'a fair look' The Hill's Morning Report - Who's going to replace Justice Breyer? Breyer retirement throws curveball into midway MORE (RS.C.) and Tim ScottaltTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottClyburn predicts that Supreme Court Justice J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes. Late. Tim Scott brings in nearly millions into the fourth quarter. These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (RS.C.), would support her if elected.

The Hill has contacted the White House for comment.


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