Supreme Court Justice Retires

Anthony Kennedy's last day July 1

Patrick Gentry
June 27, 2018 - 2:48 pm

President Donald Trump says the search for a new Supreme Court justice will begin ``immediately.''

Trump spoke Wednesday shortly after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Trump called Kennedy a man ``of tremendous vision'' and said he hopes the next justice will be ``just as outstanding.''

Kennedy's retirement gives Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court. Trump said his choice will come from a list of possible nominees that he put out during his campaign and updated last fall.

The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.

Senator Scott Statement on Justice Kennedy Retirement

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) made the following statement after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement:

“I want to thank Justice Kennedy for his service to our nation,” Senator Scott said. “The President now has the opportunity to nominate a justice that interprets the Constitution as our Founding Fathers intended, and is committed to being a fair defender of the rule of law. I look forward to the nomination process in the U.S. Senate, and hopefully voting in support of a justice that will strongly defend our cherished American principles.”

Third District Congessman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) released the following statement on the retirement of Justice Kennedy:

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:

“I would like to thank Justice Kennedy for his 43 years of public service to our country and wish him well in his much deserved retirement. Nominating justices to the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of any president. In fact, it is alarming exactly how important the courts have become in recent years — often attempting to legislate from the bench and overstepping the boundaries of the judiciary. It is extremely important that presidents nominate strict constructionists to the court who closely adhere to the Constitution and the wisdom of our Founding Fathers.”

“There were numerous 5-4 decisions on key issues during this past Supreme Court session that touched on topics like freedom of speech, assembly, and religion. One vote on the opposite side of any of those key issues would have severely limited the freedom we enjoy in this country. That is why nominating and confirming the right kind of justice is so important.”

“Justice Gorsuch’s nomination shortly after President Trump was sworn into office was nothing short of a complete victory for the Constitution, and I am confident that the President will select someone of similar legal qualifications and values to replace Justice Kennedy.”

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