According to an email shared on Wikileaks, Chris Stone suggested to John Podesta that Texas Republican Wallace Jefferson might make a good replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who had died that very day.
Apparently, the two of them had discussed the idea that Jefferson would make a good replacement for Scalia on some prior occasion before the untimely death of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in the wee hours of the morning of February 13, 2016.
“Remember our discussion of Wallace Jefferson, Chief Justice in Texas?” Chris Stone asked in an email whose subject line was “Scalia replacement.” To this, John Podesta replied with a non-committal monosyllable: “Yup.”
Antonin Scalia was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his death in February of this year. During his tenure of thirty years, he was an anchor for the Supreme Court, and a staunch supporter of conservative textualism in the interpretation of the constitution. Scalia was born in New Jersey to Italian immigrants, but he died in his sleep while on vacation, after an afternoon of quail hunting on a ranch in Shafter, Texas.
Wallace B. Jefferson is a Texas Republican and the first African-American to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. He was nominated by Governor Rick Perry and served on the Texas Supreme Court from 2001 to 2004 as an Associate Justice and as Chief Justice from 2004 to 2013. It seems odd that the Clinton team was considering a Republican to nominate.
Justice Scalia was pronounced dead by phone by Justice of the Peace Cinderela Guevara of Presidio County, Texas without ever seeing the body. This is the proper legal procedure in Texas, although some were shocked that no autopsy was performed, since there was no apparent cause of death, and he had been well before retiring for the night.
Justice Scalia died at Cibolo Creek Ranch, a luxury resort less than an hour from the Mexican border. Podesta and Stone exchanged emails about Wallace Jefferson as a replacement hours later, but they apparently had him in mind as a replacement before Scalia’s death.