Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) is predicting that President Trump will get to nominate a second justice to the Supreme Court soon, reports The Hill. “I would expect a resignation this summer,” Grassley told the Muscatine Journal in his home state. Judiciary Committee member Ted Cruz (R-TX) made a similar forecast. Ohio State University law Prof. Douglas Berman said on his blog Sentencing Law and Policy, “I am inclined to guess that Justice [Clarence] Thomas is the most likely current justice to be eager to get out of D.C. and give Prez Trump another quick opportunity to shape the direction of the Court, and I also think he is the justice most likely to be, perhaps indirectly, ‘leaking’ his plans to important senators like Cruz and Grassley.”
Trump could make several nominations, allowing him to shape the direction of the court for decades. Thomas is 68 years old, young by Supreme Court standards; Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy are in their 80s, and Justice Stephen Breyer is 78. Justices typically announce their retirements at the end of a court’s term in June.