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 McConnellTax reform: Starting place for jobs, growth Senate Democrats dig in as shutdown approaches Overnight Healthcare: Burwell huddles with Dems on fighting ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyMnuchin, Price meet with GOP senators Business groups express support for Branstad nomination 10 no-brainer ways to cut healthcare costs without hurting quality 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 ReidEmanuel flips the bird when asked about 2020 Feinstein after dinner with Clinton: She has 'accepted' her loss Clintons remember John Glenn as a 'uniquely American hero' 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.