Clarence Thomas' Wife Blasts 'Bogus' Rumors He's Retiring
Amid rumors that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is considering retiring after November’s election, his wife is shooting down the "bogus" reports.
Ginni Thomas took to Facebook to strongly dismiss the retirement talk.
"For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say - unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives," Thomas wrote.
"IT. IS. BOGUS!"
The full text of her Facebook post read:
For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say -- unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives.
IT. IS. BOGUS! Paul Bedard needs to find a phone in his life and unnamed sources are worth as much as their transparency is.
A funny close friend wrote me: "Next we'll hear that you and he have bought a small private island near Nevis, with a large satellite dish so that all the Nebraska college sports games won't be missed, and a large Green Egg that can slow cook the indigenous wild boar. Let us know when you are shipping off so we can all chip in to buy a suitable retirement present for your husband -- perhaps matching lounge chairs and umbrellas."
If Thomas, one of the Supreme Court's most conservative members, were to retire, it would have a substantial impact.
The court is currently divided 4-4 between liberals and conservatives following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
If Thomas steps down, that would mean the next president would immediately be able to put forth two nominees, assuming President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, is not confirmed by the Republican majority Senate.
Additionally, another conservative member of the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, turns 80 next year, meaning the next president could potentially nominate at least three justices, swaying the court for decades.