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 McConnellGOP vulnerables dial back Hillary attacks Top Lobbyists 2016: Hired Guns Republicans make M investment in Senate races MORE (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyFreeing the False Claims Act Key GOP chairman calls for 'robust review' of AT&T-Time Warner deal Report: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas 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 ReidWarren’s power on the rise Nevada's Heck won't say who he's backing for president GOP groups ride to rescue in 3 key Senate races 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.