Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring, thus giving President Trump a critical opportunity to move the Supreme Court more solidly to the right.
Kennedy informed the White House in a letter of his intention to step down from the high court after 30 years, effective July 31. (Video Below)
Kennedy was nominated to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and sworn in the following year.
President Trump, reacting to the opportunity to select a second high court pick, called Kennedy a “great justice” and said he’d begin the search for a replacement immediately. “Hopefully, we’re going to pick somebody who will be as outstanding,” the President said.
President Trump will choose Kennedy’s replacement- giving him a second Supreme Court pick after Neil Gorsuch.
However, the news of Justice Kennedy’s retirement interrupted a DNC committee conference call where you can clearly hear sounds of hysteria from Democratic leaders. (Video Below)
“Justice Anthony Kennedy has just announced that he’s retiring,” one person told the group.
“Ohhhh!” one person yelled out.
“Oh my God,” another person exclaimed. (Video Below)
“Not that he’s done us any good on these recent decisions, but he was the one who was usually persuadable,” one person said.
Listen to the audio below inside the DNC committee below:
How it sounded inside a DNC committee meeting the moment Justice Kennedy’s retirement was announced pic.twitter.com/6S9uO2JGzQ
— David Siders (@davidsiders) June 27, 2018
While it is not clear whom President Trump will nominate, the eventual nominee is likely to face resistance from Senate Democrats — who are still bristling from Senate Republicans’ blockade of Obama-pick Merrick Garland in 2016 and would balk at the possibility of Trump hardening the conservative bloc on the court.
Kennedy’s retirement comes after both Gorsuch and Kennedy were key votes in two controversial decisions this week — upholding Trump’s ‘travel ban’ and ruling against union’s ‘fair share’ fees.
Both decisions were 5-4.
“The importance of the new SCOTUS vacancy cannot be overstated. President Trump now has another opportunity to appoint an originalist Justice to the Court–one who will respect the rule of law and not legislate from the bench.” Said Rep. Mark Meadows.
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(H/T Fox News)