WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has begun consulting with a "wide variety" of individuals regarding his search for a Supreme Court nominee, the White House said on Friday.
In a daily press briefing with reporters, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama has spoken with Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley, as well as Senators Harry Reid and Patrick Leahy, both Democrats.
Obama made clear he was going to nominate someone, Earnest said. The U.S. Senate must confirm any nominee.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Ayesha Rascoe and Doina Chiacu; Writing by Megan Cassella; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)