Trump Was In Secret Negotiations With Justice Kennedy For Him To Retire, Alleged Quid Pro Quo
In case you weren't already upset enough about President Donald Trump's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, it turns out that it was all apart of a negotiation, and pre-arranged ahead of time in order to get him to retire.
According to NBC News, Justice Kennedy agreed to retire if Trump selected his former law clerk Brett Kavanaugh. After Trump assured him he would (the lists given out to the public were just for chatter) Kennedy announced he would leave the bench.
Source familiar tells NBC that Justice Kennedy had been in negotiations with the Trump team for months over Kennedy’s replacement. Once Kennedy received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh (his former law clerk) Kennedy felt comfortable retiring - @LACaldwellDC & @frankthorp— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 10, 2018
And, according to sources, this back and forth of negotiations went on for months. That was just the main gist of it.
On Kavanaugh pick— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) July 10, 2018
Kennedy and Trump/WH had been in negotiations for months over Kennedy’s replacement. Once Kennedy received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh, his former law clerk, Kennedy felt comfortable retiring, according to a source who was told of the discussions.
Furthermore, the five names Trump added to his list of Federalist Approved judges last November was to get Kavanaugh on that list. The other four names were considered cover, per source.— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) July 10, 2018
In other words: the decision has been baked for a while:
This is still a breaking news story. Expect more information to be released.