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Former Senator Mitchell tipped for Supreme Court post

By David Young

Published 19/02/2016

Negotiator: George Mitchell
Negotiator: George Mitchell

Speculation is growing in the USA that former Senator George Mitchell could be nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama - replacing Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly this week.

Senator Mitchell, who is now 82, was a key player in the negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He also served as Chancellor of Queen's University, Belfast between 1999 and 2009.

His appointment would also change the balance of power in the Supreme Court - America's highest legal body - in favour of the Democratic Party interest.

Republicans have vowed not to accept any nomination to the Supreme Court from President Obama, whose term is nearing its end.

Senator Mitchell rejected the Republican argument: "I think it's kind of an insult to the millions of Americans who voted for President Obama to somehow claim that his term ends after three years, or doesn't continue into this last year."

The peace process negotiator moved to play down speculation that he would allow his name to go forward, saying he was too old.

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