The November election will decide control of the Supreme Court for a generation.
After the death of Antonin Scalia, the evenly split 4-4 court will tilt in either a liberal or conservative direction with the next appointment.
And there are hints of who Hillary Clinton may appoint to the bench.
Loretta Lynch has long been a Clinton loyalist.
She rose to prominence when President Bill Clinton nominated her to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
While she served as Attorney General, Lynch would have the final say if charges were brought against Hillary Clinton for sending classified intelligence over a private email server.
Just days before FBI Director James Comey announced he would not be recommending charges be brought against Hillary Clinton for her email server scandal, Lynch met with former President Clinton aboard her government plane at a Phoenix airport.
Pundits were shocked Lynch would meet with the spouse of the subject of an FBI investigation.
What did they meet about?
Clinton claimed they discussed golf and family.
But what if they discussed the vacancy on the Supreme Court?
Since that meeting, speculation has swirled that Clinton would name Lynch as Scalia’s replacement.
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— Harlan Hill (@Harlan) September 29, 2016
When Scalia tragically passed away, many pundits named Lynch as the obvious choice for Obama.
NBC News reported in February:
Tom Goldstein, who runs the influential SCOTUS blog, had earlier predicted Ninth Circuit Judge Paul Watford would make the top of President Obama’s short list. But in a revised blog post, Goldstein said he now believes Lynch is the leading contender.
Lynch is a “very serious possibility,” Goldstein wrote. “The fact that Lynch was vetted so recently for Attorney General also makes it practical for the president to nominate her in relatively short order.”
Lynch later withdrew her name and Obama nominated Merrick Garland.
But many believed that was just a ploy.
Shortly after Scalia’s tragic passing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would not consider any nominees before the election.
McConnell cited the Biden Rule – which was named as such after then-Senator Joe Biden made a 1992 Senate floor speech declaring that no nominees in an election year would be considered.
Many believed that whomever Obama nominated was dead on arrival and it would poison any chance for a future appointment.
So Lynch preemptively took herself out of the running to be Obama’s nominee.
But the statement announcing she did not wish to be considered as Scalia’s replacement did not rule out a future appointment.
“As the conversation around the Supreme Court vacancy progressed, the Attorney General determined that the limitations inherent in the nomination process would curtail her effectiveness in her current role. Given the urgent issues before the Department of Justice, she asked not to be considered for the position,” Justice spokeswoman Melanie Newman said in a statement…
…”While [Lynch] is deeply grateful for the support and good wishes of all those who suggested her as a potential nominee, she is honored to serve as Attorney General, and she is fully committed to carrying out the work of the Department of Justice for the remainder of her term,” Newman added.
Lynch is rabidly anti-gun and has defended Obama’s illegal executive amnesty.
She would be a sure vote to undo the Heller decision and allow for the government to ban and confiscate firearms.
Lynch would also likely be a reliable liberal vote on every major case that came before the Supreme Court.