Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made it clear to Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace in 2012 that if he could choose a time to step down from the high court, it would not be when a liberal president could appoint a liberal jurist to replace him.
“You’re 76 years old. Will you time your retirement so a more conservative president can appoint a like-minded justice?” Wallace asked.
“I don’t know. I haven’t decided when to retire,” Scalia responded.
Wallace asked again, “But hasn’t it gone through your mind ‘That if I retire, I’d like to see…’ You talk about Republicans appointing one kind of justice and Democrats another. You would want somebody who adhered to your view?”Scalia answered, “Well of course. I would not like to be replaced by someone who immediately sets about undoing what I’ve tried to do for 25–26 years. I mean, I shouldn’t have to tell you that, unless you think I’m a fool.”
Scalia passed away on Saturday at a Texas vacation ranch in El Paso. He was 79 years old. (RELATED: Presidential Candidates React To Death Of Antonin Scalia)
President Obama announced Saturday he would nominate a judge to replace Scalia “in due time.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, said the upper chamber has no plans to take up any Supreme Court nominations this year.
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