WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just weeks after Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch faced a scathing confirmation battle, reports have surfaced that conservative justice Anthony Kennedy is preparing to resign.
Speaking on today’s Alex Jones show, political strategist Roger Stone, a Trump insider, said sources close to the Trump administration have confirmed the recent rumors on the jurist’s plans to retire (https://www.infowars.com/roger-stone-resignation-of-justice-kennedy-imminent-exclusive-from-white-house/).
“I don’t know. I have a lot of respect for Justice Kennedy, but I just don’t know,” president Trump said, when asked about the rumors of Kennedy’s departure. “I don’t like talking about it. I’ve heard the same rumors that a lot of people have heard. And I have a lot of respect for that gentleman, a lot.”
Last month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley hinted of another resignation this summer, but played coy in when it came to who may be stepping down.
“I have no way of knowing who it is, it’s just a very general rumor for the last six months around Washington, DC and I assume it’s somebody in their late seventies or early eighties,” Grassley said.
The conservative Kennedy, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, has often been the tie breaker when it comes to some of the court’s most hotly contested cases and has ruled on the bench since November 11, 1987.
The news has worked Republicans into an uproar in regard to who may be Trump’s pick to replace Kennedy when the current court session ends in June.
The president’s selection will likely be pulled from his original list of 21 possible nominees, which he released prior to his pick of Gorsuch earlier this year. The likely choice, say most legal analysts, will be that of Judge Thomas Hardiman of the 3rd Circuit, who was a close runner up to Trump’s nomination of Gorsuch.
Whoever the president’s pick, the next Supreme Court nominee will not likely face the same hurdles forced upon Gorsuch.
Because the now infamous Democrat filibuster over Gorsuch’s confirmation prompted Senate Republicans to “go nuclear” by changing the rules to it easier to confirm Supreme Court justices, Democrats will have a much more difficult time in blocking the next Trump nominee. It now takes only 51 senators — a simple majority — to clear nomination once a Supreme Court nominee is presented for consideration.