President Obama placed calls over the weekend to senators from both political parities as he works toward nominating a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.
The group who received phone calls from Obama includes members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would oversee the Supreme Court nomination process.
Obama has been working the phones amid staunch opposition from Republican lawmakers over putting forth a nominee.
Last week, he called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Finance: Scoop – Trump team eyes dramatic spending cuts | Treasury pick survives stormy hearing Mnuchin: Tax reform shouldn't add to the deficit Trump taps NY Jets owner to be UK Ambassador MORE (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP senator: Trump budget chief could face confirmation 'problems' Jeff Sessions will protect life Justice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes MORE (R-Iowa), both of whom have said the next president, and not Obama, should name Scalia’s replacement.
He also called Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe DC bubble is strangling the DNC Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.) and Sen. Pat Leahy (Vt.), the ranking Democrat on the judiciary panel.
“The president will place additional phone calls" with lawmakers this week, Earnest said.
Over the weekend, Obama also “spent quite a bit of time” reading information compiled on potential nominees, according to the spokesman.
The White House organized a photo-op last Friday of the president carrying a binder full of materials from the Oval Office into the residence.
Earnest declined to describe Obama’s impressions of possible nominees. He added that the president’s list of potential replacements is not finalized.