GOP lawmaker says Ginsburg, Kennedy may want to outlast Trump

Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 GOP lawmakers offer several locations for Trump address The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump headed to border as shutdown hits Day 20 | Talks fall apart | Emergency plan could set up clash with GOP MORE (R-Ohio), who’s running to be the next Judiciary Committee chairman, said Friday that some justices on the Supreme Court may be trying to stave off retirement until President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE leaves office.

Chabot indicated he has no inside knowledge of the thinking of Justices Anthony Kennedy or Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who are frequent subjects of speculation about retirements. But he said it's a subject of discussion.

“The speculation is that some of these people are holding on because they don’t necessarily want this particular president to appoint their successor,” Chabot said in an interview with Hill.TV's "Rising."

 “We don’t know if there will be any Supreme Court vacancies this year," Chabot said 

“Obviously there’s been speculation about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and others as well, Kennedy, but we just don’t know that,” Chabot said. “Often times, we’re surprised by these types of announcements. With respect to Justice Ginsburg, there’s been speculation about that for years now."

Chabot said the political makeup of the Supreme Court is critical, especially given recent 5-4 decisions like the one Thursday where the court ruled that states can compel online retailers to collect sales tax.

Chabot is one of several Republicans seeking to replace retiring Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteIt’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling House GOP probe into FBI, DOJ comes to an end MORE (R-Va.) in the next Congress.

Currently the Small Business Committee chairman, Chabot has been making the case that he’s the best candidate for the job because of his past experience in former President Clinton’s impeachment case two decades ago.

Chabot was one of 13 House managers during those impeachment proceedings.

— Scott Wong