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Clarence Thomas has ‘no idea’ where retirement rumors come from

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas dismissed rumors of his impending retirement in an interview at the Supreme Court Historical Society on Monday.

“I have no idea where this stuff comes from,” Thomas said, responding to chatter he planned to announce his retirement in June. “One of the things you have to get used to in this business … is that people can say things about you and for you that have nothing to do with you.”

{mosads}Thomas similarly said an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture misrepresented his thinking on affirmative action and that he had not been consulted for the exhibit. Thomas’s full remarks are scheduled to run on C-SPAN at 10 p.m. Monday.

Thomas previously denied he had any plans to retire in April, saying at Pepperdine University, “I’m not retiring” and seemingly dismissing the suggestion that he planned to leave his post in the next 20 or 30 years.

Thomas is 70 years old. President Trump’s most recent Supreme Court appointee, Brett Kavanaugh, is 54 and replaced Anthony Kennedy, who retired at the age of 82.

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