Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, announced Wednesday that he will retire from his lifelong position at the end of July giving President Trump another opportunity to shift the court ideologically for decades to come.
In a statement, Judge Kennedy called it “the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years in the Supreme Court.”
Senate Republicans are already planning to move quickly on confirming a successor making it a likely heated topic as midterms creep closer, and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already set the stage for a nuclear confirmation – no filibuster allowed.
In the coming weeks there will be gnashing of leftist teeth.
Here’s more from CNBC…
Justice Anthony Kennedy, a crucial swing vote on the Supreme Court, announced Wednesday he’s retiring at the end of July, giving President Donald Trump another chance to fundamentally reshape the highest court in the land.
His departure could have massive effects on U.S. policy, particularly on abortion rights and gay rights nationwide. His announcement immediately raised questions about how long the court would stand by its earlier abortion rulings, including Roe v. Wade.
In a statement, the Supreme Court said the 81-year-old Kennedy will step down effective July 31. The judge called it “the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years in the Supreme Court.” Kennedy wants to spend more time with his family, even though they were content with him staying on the court.