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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is out of the hospital

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was released from the hospital on Friday.

"Justice Thomas was discharged from the hospital earlier today," Supreme Court Public information Officer Patricia McCabe noted via an emailed release, according to the Washington Post.

Thomas was admitted to a hospital last Friday "after experiencing flu-like symptoms," according to a Sunday press release from the Supreme Court. "He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics. His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two," the release noted.

The New York Times reported that McCabe said that Thomas's illness did not involve COVID-19.

Thomas, who is regarded as a conservative justice, has been on the high court since 1991, making him the longest-serving justice currently on the bench.

At 73-years-old, Thomas is presently the second oldest member of the court. Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is the oldest justice currently on the bench — Breyer is slated to retire later this year.

President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill Breyer's slot. It appears likely that she will be confirmed, because the Senate Democratic caucus, armed with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris, can confirm Jackson without any GOP support, as long as the entire Senate Democratic caucus votes in favor of confirmation.

Adding Jackson to the nine-member Supreme Court would not impact the court's current ideological balance because Jackson, who is expected to be a member of the court's left-leaning contingent, would be replacing Breyer, who is regarded as a liberal justice.

While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will not support elevating Jackson to the high court, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has announced he will vote in favor of placing Jackson on the Supreme Court bench.

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