Clarence Thomas gave the one answer about retirement that no one was expecting
Rumors have been circulating for months that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will retire.
That would allow President Trump to appoint a younger conservative replacement and prevent a future Democrat President from tipping the balance of the court.
And now Clarence Thomas gave one answer about retirement that no one was expecting.
Thomas took on the retirement rumors head on.
The longest-serving Supreme Court Justice said they were hogwash and he had no intention of stepping down anytime soon.
The Daily Caller reports:
Speaking with private equity tycoon David Rubenstein before the Supreme Court Historical Society, Thomas seemed to say that speculation as to his possible departure is meritless. Some court-watchers have wondered if Thomas, 70, might like to retire under President Donald Trump to ensure confirmation of a like-minded successor.
“I have no idea where this stuff comes from,” Thomas said. “I think one of the things you have to get used to in this business is that people can say things about you and for you that have nothing to do with you.”
The justice recalled that his wife Virginia recently received a news alert to the effect that he was considering retirement.
“Wow, glad to know that,” Thomas joked. “You have to know everyday what’s on your schedule.”
Some analysts rate Thomas as the most conservative Supreme Court justice in the nation’s history.
So some conservatives worry that if a Democrat wins in 2020 they could appoint Thomas’s successor if they serve two terms.
That does not appear to be in the cards.
Thomas — who has served on the bench since 1991 — has every intention of continuing on the court for a long time to come.