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Justice Kennedy Expected to Retire During Trump Term

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is expected to retire before President Trump leaves office:

On Sunday, NPR’s Nina Totenberg dropped a bombshell buried in a story about new Justice Neil Gorsuch, as noted by Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog: Justice Anthony Kennedy will leave office before President Trump does. Here’s what she wrote:

[I]t is unlikely that Kennedy will remain on the court for the full four years of the Trump presidency. While he long ago hired his law clerks for the coming term, he has not done so for the following term (beginning Oct. 2018), and has let applicants for those positions know he is considering retirement.

Unlike Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Kennedy is considered a swing vote and has been a fifth and deciding vote on several key social issue decisions. Ben Shapiro believes Kennedy will most likely stick around until Americans have voted in the 2020 presidential election. 

[i]n other words, if Kennedy retires before the election, he’ll hand Republicans another Scalia issue upon which to run, but only if Republicans hold the seat open as a political ploy. If Kennedy retires after the election, he’ll allow Republicans to use his seat as a way to get out votes without paying any political price.

The smart money is on Kennedy announcing any intention to retire after the election cycle. 

Read more at Daily Wire.

Written by Taryn on the news

Taryn enjoys sharing news and perspectives she believes are under-reported. Taryn became politically aware following a few major life changes and spends most of her time in the Midwest.

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