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Anthony Kennedy agreed to retire after urging Trump to pick former clerk Brett Kavanaugh: report

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The Trump administration has been negotiating Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement for months, according to a new report.

Kennedy agreed to retire at the end of the term that concluded last month after providing a list of suitable replacements to President Donald Trump that included the name of a former law clerk, reported NBC News.

On Monday, the president nominated Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative former Kennedy clerk.

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NBC News reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell later updated her report, saying she incorrectly implied a “transactional nature” in Kennedy’s replacement.

However, she said a source who was not directly part of the talks told her that Kennedy provided Trump with a list of acceptable replacements.

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Kavanaugh was the only candidate who the White House deemed conservative enough to consider, sources said.

He and four other candidates were added in November to the Federalist Society-approved list of choices.

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Nancy Pelosi goes there: Trump’s White House ‘meltdown’ is a sign he’s cracking under pressure

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‘Take that down!’ Morning Joe demands producer yank ugly Trump tweet attacking Pelosi after meltdown meeting

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