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SCOTUS: How Bush Picked Roberts


President Bush went to Denmark on July 5 with 11 names of top candidates under consideration. In the last few days, he interviewed five — one on Thursday, two on Friday — including Judge Roberts, who got a presidential tour of the residence, including the Lincoln Bedroom, during his one-hour visit — and two on Saturday.

Bush made his decision last night, finalizing it this morning. During lunch with Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Bush stepped out the room and called Roberts. When he returned, he said to the group, which included the leaders’ wives: “I just offered the job to a great, smart 50-year-old old lawyer who has agreed to serve on the bench.”

And despite the intense scrutiny at the White House, Judge Roberts and his wife came to the presidential residence for dinner tonight. At 7:30 tonight, Bush began notifying congressional leaders.

And who were the five interviewed?

Stay tuned.