President Barack Obama has interviewed Solicitor General Elena Kagan and former Justice Department official Merrick Garland as potential nominees to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, The Wall Street Journal reported (subscription required). Obama also interviewed 9th Circuit U.S. Appeals Judge Sidney Thomas as a possible replacement.
Obama interviewed Kagan on Friday, an administration official told the Journal. He met with Garland last month. While Obama administration officials have declined to say how many people he has interviewed, the newspaper reported that 10 people are under consideration. An official confirmed that Kagan, Garland, Thomas and 7th Circuit Appeals Judge Diane Wood are on the short list.
The Journal reported that Obama is expected to make his nomination before May 26.
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