(NationalSentinel) Judiciary: Washington, D.C., is always full of rumors, but two U.S. senators are predicting something that would have a profound impact on the Supreme Court for a generation: That President Donald J. Trump will get another opportunity to nominate a new justice this summer.
As reported by Fox News:
Mere days after Justice Neil Gorsuch was seated on the Supreme Court, restoring the panel to full strength, a top Senate Republican said the court could soon be down a member once again – in turn giving President Trump another big appointment.
“I would expect a resignation this summer,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Iowa’s Muscatine Journal.
Grassley, R-Iowa, said there was a “rumored” retirement in the offing, though he wouldn’t disclose which justice was considering stepping down.
Grassley’s comments echo those made in February by fellow Judiciary Committee member and former Supreme Court litigator Sen. Ted Cruz.
“I think we’ll have another Supreme Court vacancy this summer,” said Cruz, R-Texas. “If that happens, as much as the left is crazy now, they will go full Armageddon meltdown.”
Grassley went on to say he believes that Trump’s next pick will, like Gorsuch, come from a pre-election list of potential court nominees that Trump released last summer. If that’s the case, then his next pick will, like Gorsuch, be an originalist who would move the court rightward for decades – if the retiree is one of the court’s elder liberals:
While Justice Kennedy, 80, is oft rumored to be considering retirement, there are several justices whose advanced age could signal a coming retirement. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84 and Stephen Breyer is 78. If any in that trio were to retire and be replaced by a reliably conservative justice, the court would noticeably lurch rightward. Ginsburg and Breyer are largely considered to be among the court’s more liberal jurists, while Kennedy is known as a “swing vote.”
Most seasoned political observers in both parties understood that one of the principle implications of the Nov. 8 election was that the next president would get to nominate anywhere from 1-to-3 Supreme Court justices over the next 4-to-8 years.
That task now, of course, falls to Trump.