Time: 3:54 p.m. CEST Update: 18:24 p.m. CEST
Today’s meeting between President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leaders ended without concrete result, the Hill’s Jordan Fabian writes. Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) met with the president Obama in the Oval Office. Both were joined, as the Hill publishes, by Harry Reid (Nev.), the top Senate Democrat, Judiciary Committee ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Vice President Biden, who helmed the committee during his Senate tenure.
Fabian says, “None of the leaders spoke to reporters before the meeting, which was not expected to produce much more than a photo opportunity.”
President Barack Obama met with Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader and Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the White House on Tuesday.
Before the meeting, every Republican member of the Judiciary Committee signed a letter not to hold a hearing for any nominee by Obama. Even though Obama does not have any specific nominee now, the White House insists that the President has a right to suggest another candidate for the Supreme Court. A vacancy at the Supreme Court remained empty after sudden death of the Justice Antonin Scalia.
“The President intends to fulfill that responsibility. And that’s an expectation that the American people have; it’s also an expectation of the Constitution. We’ll have a situation where Republicans will have to make an important choice about whether or not they will fulfill their constitutional obligation,” the White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday during the news briefing.
On Monday, as the Los Angeles Times writes, Reid said, “the stakes should be higher for Senator Grassley than the other Republican senators.” The LA Times writes that Grassley has been in Washington “long enough to recognize the Democrats’ game plan.”
However, the White House continues to work on President’s nomination for the Supreme Court. An important aid to Obama, Brian Dees would participate in the efforts to negotiate the nomination with Senate Republicans.
After all, as Earnest said on Monday, “the President did spend a significant period of time over the weekend reviewing materials and considering potential candidates.”