In accordance with two people familiar with the process, President Biden plans to announce his Supreme Court nominee at the White House on Friday.
The announcement would set up a confirmation battle in the closely divided Senate since Biden promised during the 2020 presidential election campaign to nominate the nation’s first Black woman to serve on the high Court.
Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the timing of Biden’s announcement has been uncertain.
It’s believed that, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is considered the frontrunner for the position, who serves on a federal appeals court in Washington.
Leondra Kruger, a justice on the California Supreme Court, and J. Michelle Childs, a district court judge in South Carolina, are also contenders for this post.
Stephen Breyer, a liberal judge who announced in January that he would step down, would be replaced by the nominee.
There is a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, which will remain unchanged following the new appointment and will be unchanged by the new appointment.