Obama to visit court to pay respects to Scalia

Posted at 7:50 AM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 08:50:50-05

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit the Supreme Court on Friday to pay their respects as Justice Antonin Scalia lies in repose.

Spokesman Josh Earnest says Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will attend Scalia's funeral on Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Scalia died on Saturday at age 79. He joined the court in 1986 and was its longest-serving justice.

Earnest says the president won't attend the funeral.

Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who died in 2005, was the last member of the high court to lie in repose

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