President Obama has interviewed Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court vacancy, a senior administration official tells ABC News.
The interview with Garland, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, took place in the White House in the last few days and was first reported by the New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg.
President Obama interviewed Montana Judge Sidney Thomas Thursday at the White House for the same position, the seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens.
Garland and Thomas — along with Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Judge Diane Wood of the 7th circuit court, and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano – are said to be on the top of President Obama’s short list.
During last year’s vacancy, President Obama interviewed Kagan, Wood and Napolitano for the job, which ultimately went to now-Justice Sonia Sotomayor.