President Barack Obama will announce his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, a source familiar with the selection process told Reuters.
Obama has been searching for a replacement for long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Feb. 13.
Obama is likely to announce either Judge Sri Srinivasan or Judge Merrick Garland as his choice, the source told Reuters. The top contenders serve together on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Republicans, who control the U.S. Senate, have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings or a vote on any nominee picked by the Democratic president.
Without Scalia, the Supreme Court is evenly split with four liberals and four conservative justices. An Obama appointment could tilt the court to the left for the first time in decades.