White House: Hillary Clinton not a candidate for Supreme Court

By Anne E. Kornblut
Monday, April 12, 2010; 2:50 PM

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not under consideration as a Supreme Court nominee, the White House said Monday.

"The president thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as Secretary of State and wants her to remain in that position," White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

But other members of the Obama administration are under active consideration. The White House declined comment on the prospects for Solicitor General Elena Kagan and Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, both of whom are on a list of about 10 candidates being reviewed. With speculation about a successor for retiring Justice John Paul Stevens increasing, administration officials said they expect the process to take several weeks, and that President Obama has not begun interviewing potential nominees.

Clinton had never been under consideration, officials said. But amid speculation that she might be, the White House sought to put the rumors to rest quickly.

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