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#SCOTUS Round 2? Grassley Says Supreme Court Sequel Could Come This Summer

With Neil Gorsuch now confirmed as the ninth justice, another may announce retirement plans this summer…

Chuck Grassley Next SCOTUS

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told the Muscatine Journal Tuesday that he expects a justice to resign this year, potentially as early as this summer.

“I would expect a resignation this summer,” Grassley said during a question-and-answer session at Kent Corporation in Muscatine, Iowa.

While Grassley didn’t name who he expected to resign, ABC News listed possible retirees:

The oldest justices on the court are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 84, Anthony Kennedy, 80, and Stephen Breyer, 78.

Having already forced Republicans to use the nuclear option on Gorsuch’s confirmation, Democrats will have few tools at their disposal to block a conservative justice, should Trump choose to nominate one to replace notorious swing-vote Kennedy or more liberal justices Ginsburg and Kennedy.