Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy informed the White House in a letter of his intention to step down from the high court after 30 years, effective July 31. Rumors of another vacancy have reverberated across Washington for months; the decision comes a year after Kennedy's former law clerk Neil Gorsuch took over the seat occupied by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
David French, senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss Justice Kennedy's legacy and possible replacements for him.
On career of Justice Kennedy: I think hes got the legacy of a man who had got no guiding judicial philosophy and so therefore, basically especially on really contentious issues ruled on what he thought was right. And when he was against you and when he was opposed to you it was infuriating because you felt like there no way to reason with him because there was no underlying judicial philosophy to appeal to. (1:10)
On rumor that there is a list of five finalists: Just to say about predicting, I've now had three different sources authoritatively tell me of three different frontrunners. You just don't know what to think. The three I have heard are Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Barrett and Mike Lee. I don't know if that's right. You know, what I've just told you is worthless. I don't have any knowledge if that's right. (3:14)
On the biggest issues the court will be deciding on in the coming years: Let me make it really broad and let me just say I think the key issue of the next decade is going to be the power of the state over the individual and that's going to play itself in ways that are interesting for liberals and conservatives in some ways. (5:40)
On if this will impact the midterms: I think this would help galvanize the Republican intensity. This is the way I put in a piece I wrote yesterday Republicans are all over the map on a lot of important issues. You mention the word Supreme Court and all of those differences dissolve and we're one. We're united. It gives Republicans this moment of unity. (14:10)