Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is mulling retirement after the 2016 election, according to a new report.
The Washington Examiner posted a story on Sunday saying Thomas, 67, was considering leaving the bench, to which he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 after a tumultuous confirmation process. The Examiner’s Paul Bedard attributed the story to “court watchers” who said Thomas has been considering retirement and that he never wanted to be a justice for life.
The sources reportedly said Thomas “never planned to stay until he died” and mentioned that he “likes to spend summers in his RV with his wife.”
Thomas made no public comment on the report, but his wife, Ginni Thomas, went to Facebook to deny it.
“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,” she wrote, adding, “IT. IS. BOGUS!”
The justice’s wife added one bit of humor.
“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,’” Ginni Thomas posted on Facebook.
The Supreme Court already has one vacancy created by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Court appointments have factored into much of the discussion over the 2016 presidential contest between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton because the appointment of either liberal or conservative justices could radically alter the court for many years to come.