Report: Clarence Thomas Could Retire From Supreme Court Before Election and McConnell has Successors Lined Up
Prior to being elected President, Donald Trump promised Americans that they were get tired of all the winning. Those who bought into the pitch basically have two things to hang their hat one; a tax cut for the wealthy and two conservative Supreme Court justices.
The polls don’t look to be going in the Republicans direction in 2020. this could mean that the next few court openings could be filled by Democrats. According to the Washington Post, conservative justice Clarence Thomas could retire before November’s election. This would ensure that a Donald Trump/Mitch McConnell approved judge could take his seat.
The Post’s Robert Costa reports:
Justice Clarence Thomas, a conservative appointed by George H.W. Bush, is privately seen by Trump’s aides as the most likely to retire this year. While Thomas has not given any indication of doing so, the White House and Senate Republicans are quietly preparing for a possible opening, according to a White House official and two outside Trump political advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversations.
And if Thomas does choose to retire, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will hope to move fast. In May the Kentucky lawmaker was asked what they would do if a seat opened up prior to election. “Oh, we’d fill it,” he answered.
According to sources, McConnell already has a handpicked successor. A Trump adviser told Costa, “If Thomas goes, you’ve got a lot of people around this process ready to support Thapar — and McConnell ready to move his favorite through.”
Amul R. Thapar currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.