Mike Lee: Justice Kennedy wants GOP POTUS to choose successor; retirement ‘very real possibility’

The Utah Republican added that Mr. Lee is a legal representative by trade who clerked for Samuel Alito when the associate justice was functioning as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His father, Rex Lee, acted as solicitor general under President Reagan.Should Justice Kennedy retire, Mr. Lee stated filling the vacancy on the court would become the Senate's top priority.

"It should be something that we jump ideal onto and something we definitely should complete prior to we get into the election cycle," he stated. "If President Trump winds up having a chance to nominate somebody to the Supreme Court we have to get that nominee validated."

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