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“I really don’t have a lot of stress,” Thomas said. “I cause stress.”

  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Monday he has no idea why rumors about his retirement have circulated in recent months.
  • Speaking with private equity tycoon David Rubenstein before the Supreme Court Historical Society, Thomas seemed to say that speculation as to his possible departure is meritless.
  • Some court-watchers have wondered if Thomas, 70, might like to retire under President Donald Trump to ensure confirmation of a like-minded successor.

“I have no idea where this stuff comes from,” Thomas said. “I think one of the things you have to get used to in this business is that people can say things about you and for you that have nothing to do with you.” The justice recalled that his wife Virginia recently received a news alert to the effect that he was considering retirement.

“Wow, glad to know that,” Thomas joked. “You have to know every day what’s on your schedule.”

Thomas did not explicitly deny the retirement rumors during his Monday remarks, though he has been more emphatic in other contexts. During an April interview at Pepperdine University School of Law event, Thomas disclaimed any interest in leaving the high court in the near future.

Asked elsewhere in the interview how he handles stress, Thomas said he attends Mass, reads, enjoys the companionship of his wife and his law clerks, and watches University of Nebraska sports.

Thomas did not explicitly deny the retirement rumors during his Monday remarks, though he has been more emphatic in other contexts. During an April interview at Pepperdine University School of Law event, Thomas disclaimed any interest in leaving the high court in the near future.

“I really don’t have a lot of stress,” Thomas said. “I cause stress.”

 

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