GOING NOWHERE - It looks like Clarence Thomas is around for the long haul. “I’m not retiring!” the U.S. Supreme Court justice recently said at a Pepperdine law school event. Tony Mauro reports that the 70 year old appears adamant about staying put, despite some speculation that he planned to retire while President Trump was in office.

MURRAY MOVE? AG William Barr is considering Claire Murray, a former White House lawyer who recently joined his staff, for a key position in his front office—principal deputy associate attorney general, overseeing civil litigation, including the defense of Trump administration policies, C. Ryan Barber reports. Murray, who previously worked in the Trump White House counsel’s office, is expected to succeed Jesse Panuccio in the role. Before joining the Trump administration two years ago, Murray was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Barr’s former law firm.

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