The official said Obama’s discussion with candidates for the high court have not been formal interviews. Still, they signal an uptick in Obama's consideration for his next contender. A verdict is expected over the next few weeks.
Barack Obama is deciding on a nominee to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens, who is retiring this summer after 35 years on the court.
The official spoke to The Associated Press (AP) on condition of anonymity to protect the privacy of Obama's deliberations.
Barack Obama meets at the White House on Wednesday with Senate leaders of both parties to discuss the upcoming court vacancy.