The White House has confirmed that they are considering South Carolina District Court Judge Michelle Childs to fill Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat on the Supreme Court.
Childs is, as promised by Brandon, a black woman.
“Judge Childs is among multiple individuals under consideration for the Supreme Court, and we are not going to move her nomination on the Court of Appeals while the President is considering her for this vacancy,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement, obtained by Fox News. “At the same time, reporting indicating that the President is only seriously considering three potential nominees is incorrect.”
The report added that “Childs had been scheduled to appear at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as part of the confirmation process for the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for which Brandon nominated her in December.”
House Majority Whip James Clyburn, who pressured Brandon to nominate a black woman to the court before endorsing him during the 2020 election, has expressed support for Childs. He also said that he has been lobbying for her nomination with “the president and his people.”
“Now, as it relates to who, I don’t have anything against the seven or eight names that I have been floated as possibilities, the all great people,” Clyburn, who represents South Carolina’s 6th congressional district, told the Washington Post. “The fact of the matter is, I have been discussing Michelle Childs with the president and his people now for, I guess at least 13 months now.”
Brandon has said that he intends to announce his official nominee by the end of February.
On Thursday, Brandon once again affirmed that he intends to nominate a black woman.
“Our process is going to be rigorous. I will select a nominee worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy of excellence and decency,” Brandon said. “While I’ve been studying candidates’ backgrounds and writings, I’ve made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”