Report: Justice Kennedy May Retire, Giving Trump Another Supreme Court Pick

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/339314-kennedy-considering-retiring-from-supreme-court-reports

Remember how the left freaked out when Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court? That was nothing. If Trump gets to appoint a second justice in his first year, the melt down on the left will be epic.

And it could happen.

FOX News reports:

Supreme Court kickoff: Trump agenda, union dues, Kennedy speculation

Trump has a lot riding on what the Supreme Court does – and the possibility of another vacancy.

Sources close to Justice Anthony Kennedy say he has been seriously considering retirement and may not stay on the bench for Trump’s entire first term. Rumors were at a blustery pitch that he would step down last June, but the new term begins with the 81-year-old justice on board, his unique power base intact.

His influence as the court’s “swing” member — the deciding vote on a range of high-profile cases from gay marriage to immigration to abortion — has left his seat coveted by those on the right and left. Replacing him would launch an epic political fight, and could prove aboost to the Trump presidency itself…

For now, Kennedy’s moderating presence could blunt the Trump agenda and that of fellow conservative Republicans. Other court watchers wonder about the plans of the liberal Ginsburg, at 84 the oldest member of the court.

“If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, [overturning the right to abortion in Roe v. Wade] will happen,” candidate Trump said during a presidential debate a year ago. “That will happen automatically in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”

It will be fascinating to see who Trump would pick to replace Kennedy. Have a theory? Leave a comment!

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