Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife Ginni Thomas responded to rumors he plans to retire soon, thoroughly dismissing the idea that the conservative justice would step down soon.
Her comments came in response a report from the Washington Examiner, citing anonymous sources, claiming said the judge, who turns 68 later this month, was contemplating retirement.
"For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say -- unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives," she wrote on Facebook.
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The ideological leanings of the court have been in limbo since Justice Antonin Scalia's unexpected death, leaving an even split of liberal and conservative judges.
Thomas is far from the oldest member of the nation's highest court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 83, is the oldest. Stephen Breyer is 77 years old and Reagan-appointee Anthony Kennedy is 79.
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President Obama has nominated a potential justice to replace Scalia, but Senate Republicans have declined to hold a confirmation hearing or vote on the nominee -- leaving the court with an even split on some recent cases.
Many in Washington have speculated that some of the older justices on the court -- including Kennedy, Ginsburg and Breyer -- would likely retire in the next presidential term. If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency and appoints more liberal justices, the Supreme Court could lean liberal for decades to come.