Clarence Thomas considering retirement after presidential election is over
Justice Clarence Thomas may be considering retirement after the presidential election is over, according to court watchers.
If Thomas does decide to leave the Supreme Court, it could mean the end of the conservative majority for the highest court in the land, which is currently divided 4-4 after the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, who was conservative.
The next president is expected to fill the seat left behind by Scalia, and should Republicans win the White House, that would mean the Court would retain its conservative majority. However, should Democrats win the White House, with both Scalia’s seat and Thomas’ up for nomination, that could put liberals on the Court with a 6-3 majority.
Thomas has said that he never intended to stay on the court until he died and that he has been considering retirement for some time, according to court watchers.