Supreme Court ends term with no retirements

Supreme Court ends term with no retirements
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The Supreme Court adjourned on Wednesday without announcing the retirement of any justices.  

Chief Justice John Roberts adjourned the court for the summer following months of heavy speculation that the court's swing voter, Anthony Kennedy, was planning to step down. 

Retirement announcements have sometimes happened in the days following the final day of the court's term. 


Justice Sandra Day O’Connor sent a letter to the White House on July 1, 2005, four days after the term ended, notifying the president of her plans to retire upon the confirmation of her replacement.

But the lack of an announcement on Wednesday will likely quiet talk about a possible retirement for the time being.

While the rumors largely centered on Kennedy, some had also thought Justice Clarence Thomas was also considering calling it quits.

Republicans on Capitol Hill had practically been urging a justice to retire, some even announced definitely one was coming.

“Kennedy will retire sometime around early summer," Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (R-Nev.), who is facing a tough reelection race, announced in a speech in March, according to a Politico report.

A retirement would give 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 his second vacancy on the court to fill and, if one is coming, the Senate's GOP majority wants time to confirm a new justice before the midterm elections.

“If you’re thinking about quitting this year, do it yesterday," Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyHigh stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech MORE (R-Iowa) said in a public message to the justices in May.

--This report was updated at 11:23 a.m.

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