Key senator urges any wavering U.S. high court justice to retire now

Reuters: The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican chairman said on Thursday any Supreme Court justice considering retirement from the lifetime job should announce immediately so a successor can be confirmed before the November U.S. midterm election.

Chuck Grassley, whose panel would oversee a confirmation process that at times in the past has been long and contentious, said he hoped any announcement would be “now or within two or three weeks because we’ve got to get this done before the election.” The court’s current nine-month term runs through the end of June.

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