Obama to Skip Scalia Funeral, Will Pay Respects Friday at Court
President Barack Obama will skip Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral and will make an appearance with Michelle Obama at the Supreme Court on Friday to pay his respects.
Obama was appreciate of Scalia’s efforts as a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday.
“It’s important, before we rush into the all the politics of this, to take stock of somebody who made enormous contributions to the United States,” Obama said at a press conference Tuesday in California. “And we are grateful not only for his service but for his family’s service.”
The Hill reports:
Scalia’s body will lie in repose in the Great Hall of the court Friday, and the building will be open to the public to allow visitors to honor the justice, who died last Saturday at 79.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obamas will not attend Scalia’s Saturday funeral at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill, will be present instead.
Earnest would not say whether anything was on the president’s schedule that prevented him from going to the funeral.
Scalia’s death set off an immediate partisan battle over whether Obama should appoint a successor during his final year in office, overshadowing public mourning of the conservative jurist.
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