The Washington Times - May 5, 2009, 02:01PM

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs squashed on Tuesday squashed rumors that President Obama will name a nominee for the Supreme Court this week.

“It’s not going to happen this week,” Gibbs said.

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Justice David Souter last week told the president that he is resigning after 19 years on the court, and on Monday, Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke to the president.

Hatch told reporters after speaking to the president that he believed a replacement nominee would be announced by the White House this week.

Gibbs said he was mistaken.

“The president … is working with the team to get a look at the people that he thinks are best qualified for this position. We want to move this process along in a timely fashion,” Gibbs said at the daily White House briefing.

— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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