President Obama Interviews Judge Sidney Thomas for Supreme Court Slot

Apr 29, 2010 8:01pm

Days away from picking a Supreme Court nominee to fill the robe of Justice John Paul Stevens, President Obama today interviewed Montana Judge Sidney Runyan Thomas at the White House, a senior administration official tells ABC News.

The interview, first reported by the Associated Press's Ben Feller, is one of several the president has had in recent days with other potential candidates, the official says.

According to another White House official, the leading candidates are Thomas, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Judge Merrick Garland of the DC Circuit Court, Judge Diane Wood of the 7th circuit court, and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Thomas was nominated to the 9th circuit court by President Clinton in 1995 and was confirmed by a voice vote in 1996.



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