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No Resignation Today by Rehnquist

Bump and Update 6:40 pm ET: The Supreme Court has closed for the day, no word from Rehnquist. Scotus Blog reports the White House Press office says no news tonight. The Supreme Court press corps has gone home. MSNBC said the press has been told there will be no more statements from President Bush tonight either.

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The much anticipated retirement announcement by Chief Justice Rehnquist has not materialized yet today.

Though the White House insisted Friday that it had not been in communication with the Supreme Court over the timing of a resignation letter from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, rumors abound that his departure is imminent.....Senior advisers to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, as well as top aides to Sens. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. — the top senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee — told FOX News on Friday that they knew nothing of a planned retirement announcement scheduled for Friday.

Were the rumors wrong about an imminent retirement, or did the bombing attacks or President Bush being out of the country for G-8 delay his plans? Drudge says,

Reporter Bob Novak declares on CNN that Rehnquist will announce retirement today after Bush's plane touches down at Andrews AFB approx. 4:50 PM EDT... DEVELOPING...

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  • Re: No Resignation Today by Rehnquist (none / 0) (#1)
    by ras on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:00 PM EST
    Funny, both Drudge & RedState are announcing that it's pretty much official already. No word on Stevens yet, tho, other than that his health is deetriorating.

    Re: No Resignation Today by Rehnquist (none / 0) (#2)
    by Johnny on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:00 PM EST
    good, one more day before BushCo gets it's claws into long term wrong wing control of this country.

    Re: No Resignation Today by Rehnquist (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:00 PM EST
    I've read several rumors today that Stevens is planning to resign, as well. I'm beginning to think we're getting just a bit twitchy on this. Let's keep our eyes on the ball. There is, as of yet, only one seat in play.

    Re: No Resignation Today by Rehnquist (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:02 PM EST
    IMHO these rumors were planted by the Bush Administration to pressure the justices (note the roles of Novak and Drudge). If I were in the justices' shoes and saw these rumors in print, they would make me want to stay on as long as I could.

    Re: No Resignation Today by Rehnquist (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:02 PM EST
    I liked Chief Justice Rehnquist's "That's for me to know and you to find out" quote as he got in his car.