- The Washington Times - Monday, April 12, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday that President Obama won’t be nominating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, who is retiring this summer.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Monday that Mr. Obama has no intention of changing Mrs. Clinton’s job title.

“The president is going to keep her as his secretary of state,” Mr. Gibbs said.

But another administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made, said that Mr. Obama is considering federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas of Montana for the high court, one of about 10 people under serious review. The Associated Press has confirmed the names of seven of them.

Among the others under consideration are former Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, federal appeals court Judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The idea of Mrs. Clinton as a possible nominee emerged Monday when Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, said in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show that he had heard Mrs. Clinton’s name mentioned in connection with the upcoming vacancy on the court.

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