Senator Mike Lee of Utah recently appeared on a political podcast and said that Justice Kennedy may retire from the Supreme Court because he wants his replacement chosen by a Republican president. This is great news!
Senator: There’s a ‘Very Real’ Possibility Justice Kennedy is About to Retire, and I’m Told He Wants to Be Replaced By a Republican
Sen. Lee joined Benson & Harf last evening to discuss an array of topics, but his intriguing and thorough answer to my question about the Court piqued my interest.
GB: What are you hearing, with your ear to the ground, about what may or may not happen with Justice Kennedy — if you’re willing to comment on that? And if you believe that there might be a vacancy forthcoming, what’s the mood among your Republican colleagues in the Senate about the urgency about moving forward with a confirmation process prior to the election?
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT): Great question. I have, uh, no conclusive evidence one way or another as to what’s going to happen. There is a lot of chatter suggesting that Justice Kennedy might be preparing for retirement as soon as this year…Sometime between now and the end of June or first day or two of July would be when we would expect an announcement from Justice Kennedy if he were going to do it. What I am hearing is that he is at least considering it and that it’s a very real possibility. What I also heard is that having been appointed by President Reagan back in the late 1980’s, he considers himself a Republican and with all things being equal would prefer to be replaced by a Republican President.
Rumors have been swirling for months about this. If it happens, Trump will get a second SCOTUS pick and the left will go bonkers.