Gorsuch's impact might also have been in play in a case the court chose to take up for next term.
On CBS This Morning, correspondent Jan Crawford proclaimed: "But here's the thing, he is a moderate conservative, so if he goes, that's going to give President Trump a massive opportunity to move the Court further to the right for generations and Democrats would basically be powerless to stop it".
PETE WILLIAMS: And the Court's last day comes with speculation about a retirement.
Neil Gorsuch, Trump's appointee, has only been in the court for a couple of months, but he'll be weighing in on the first case about giving resources to churches to be heard in the Supreme Court in more than a decade. The court this term sided with the organization and held that debt-collection companies do not engage in a false, deceptive or unfair practice by filing stale, unenforceable claims against a person in bankruptcy - even though the whole point of those claims is to fool people into paying money they are not legally obligated to pay.
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In May, author/political consultant Roger Stone predicted Justice Kennedy will retire soon (see video), paving the way for President Trump to appoint his second SCOTUS judge after Neil Gorsuch, who took the bench in April.
At a minimum, he is so far living up to Trump's claim that he would be a conservative in the mold of the man he replaced, Justice Antonin Scalia, who died a year ago.
According to CNN and the Associated Press, Kennedy signaled his possible career announcement this weekend with the arrival of dozens of his former clerks in Washington D.C. for a private clerk reunion. He joined his former law clerks at a reunion event on Saturday night, with several attendees saying he did not address the rumors. Gorsuch replaced conservative judge Antonin Scalia who died in 2016. The caveat: the executive order can not be applied (at least for now) to foreign nationals who have a "bonafide" relationship with a person (i.e. a family member) or entity (i.e. a university) within the United States. Yet the notoriously ideologically divided justices came together this term, as they often do, in cases involving business.
The 49-year-old former federal appeals court judge was seated April 10 and has taken part in a few relatively low-profile rulings since then.
Kennedy has given no public sign that he would step down this year, but he turns 81 next month and has been on the court for almost 30 years.