Srinivasan, two other judges on Supreme Court short list: reports

Srinivasan, two other judges on Supreme Court short list: reports

President Obama is vetting two federal appeals judges and a federal trial judge who have received support or have ties to Republicans to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, according to the New York Times. 

Citing a source knowledgeable about the process, the Times reports that Merrick B. Garland and Sri Srinivasan are undergoing background checks by the FBI. 

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And according to the National Law Journal, federal trial judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is also being considered for the nomination. 

Jackson formerly served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission and is an extended relative of Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanIntelligence authorization fails in House Overnight Finance: Dems roll out 'Better Deal' economic agenda | Regulators mull changes to 'Volcker Rule' | Gingrich, small biz launch tax cut campaign California Democrat seeks to win fight on war powers MORE through marriage, according to the Times. She was confirmed to her current position in a voice vote in 2013. 

Srinivasan, long floated as a potential choice for nomiee, was confirmed unanimously by the Senate to the federal Court of Appeals in the D.C. circuit in 2013. And Garland was confirmed in 1997 in a 76-23 vote. 

Srinivasan would be the first Indian-American and first Hindu to serve on the Supreme Court, and Jackson would be the first black woman.

The New York Times previously reported that President Obama is also considering Judge Jane Kelly for the position.

Senate Republicans have vowed not to hold a hearing on any Obama nominee, worried that his pick could tilt the scales of the Supreme Court to the left. But that stance could prove dangerous to some Republican senators up for reelection and is giving Democrats fuel to their obstuctionist argument as they push for a nominee that Republicans have backed in the past.