Conservatives who rejoiced over President Trump’s nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch may soon be seeing another Justice added to the bench if a prediction from Republican Senator Dean Heller comes true.
The Nevada Senator predicted that 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will resign in a few months, at the beginning of the summer.
“I believe we’re going to have another Supreme Court justice this year. I think Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer,” Heller said, as Washington Examiner reports.
“Which I’m hoping will get our base a little motivated because right now they’re not very motivated. But I think a new Supreme Court justice will get them motivated,” he also said, per the Hill.
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Per Washington Examiner:
Kennedy was nominated by former President Ronald Reagan and confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1988. Chief Justice John Roberts congratulated Kennedy, considered the court’s swing vote, last month for his 30 years on the high court.
Speculation about Kennedy’s retirement has been coming up every year, and the latest rumors surrounding his future have been swirling for months, though Kennedy has hired law clerks for the next term, which begins in October.
Many Republicans believe the vacancy on the Supreme Court in 2016 played a major role in President Trump’s election and helped the GOP keep control of the Senate. Trump frequently touts his judicial nominees, including Justice Neil Gorsuch, who filled Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat, as one of the greatest accomplishments of his presidency thus far.
And, via the Hill:
Kennedy, who was appointed to the court by President Reagan in 1988, is considered the most pivotal justice on the Supreme Court and is often known for casting the tie-breaking vote in contentious decisions.
While he’s among the court’s conservative justices, he has sided with his liberal colleagues at times, including on the court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Washington Examiner reports Heller said fellow Republican Senator Mike Lee may get nominated to replace Kennedy:
“Mike Lee from Utah is probably on that short list of the next Supreme Court justice on our courts,” he said during the event with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Las Vegas.
During the remarks last week, the Nevada senator lamented the Senate rules that have slowed the pace of confirming federal judges.
But Heller said there has been discussion of limiting the post-cloture debate time for some judicial nominees.
“Our biggest difficulty is that Mitch McConnell likes the rules the way they are. He’s an institutionalist,” he said.
“I’m not going to sit here and criticize him,” Politico reports Heller also said during the event, when asked about gun control measures proposed by Trump. “Because everything else he’s touched, like this economy, has been just incredible. So, I don’t want to get too far in front of some of these policies.”
Now Ginsberg also please. Would be awesome.
— Mike (@mikea1028) March 9, 2018
Trump appoints another pro 2nd Amendment Justice.. 👩⚖️ 👨⚖️ #greatness
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