Senator predicts another justice could leave the Supreme Court this summer

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has reportedly indicated that a Supreme Court justice may soon be vacating the position.

He is quoted by the Muscatine Journal as telling attendees of a corporate gathering on Tuesday, “I would expect a resignation this summer.”

While he declined to identify the justice in question, he told the crowd that the proposed replacement would likely be chosen from President Trump’s running list of potential nominees.

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John Roberts, Chief Justice

Born: 1955

Joined Supreme Court: 2005

Appointed by: George W. Bush

Votes: Conservative

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Born: 1933

Joined Supreme Court: 1993

Appointed by: Bill Clinton

Votes: Liberal

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Anthony Kennedy

Born: 1936

Joined Supreme Court: 1988

Appointed by: Ronald Reagan

Votes: Conservative/Center

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Clarence Thomas

Born: 1948

Joined Supreme Court: 1991

Appointed by: George H.W. Bush

Votes: Conservative

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Stephen Breyer

Born: 1938

Joined Supreme Court: 1994

Appointed by: Bill Clinton

Votes: Liberal/Center

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Samuel Alito

Born: 1950

Joined Supreme Court: 2006

Appointed by: George W. Bush

Votes: Conservative

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Sonia Sotomayor

Born: 1954

Joined Supreme Court: 2009

Appointed by: Barack Obama

Votes: Liberal

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Elena Kagan

Born: 1960

Joined Supreme Court: 2010

Appointed by: Barack Obama

Votes: Liberal

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Grassley added, “I don’t know about racial and ethnic divisions, but there’s some very good females on there that would make good Supreme Court Justices as well.”

The Hill points out that Senator Ted Cruz has also predicted that a spot would soon open up on the nation’s highest court, saying last week, “I think we’re likely to see another vacancy potentially as soon as this summer.”

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Some have speculated that the judge interested in retiring could be Justice Anthony Kennedy, though Justice Clarence Thomas’ name has also been mentioned as a possibility, notes the Daily Caller.

Earlier this month, President Trump secured his first justice to the Supreme Court with the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch.

In an op-ed in USA Today, Grassley heralded Gorsuch’s selection as “the most transparent and democratic judicial nomination process in recent history.”

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