Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer To Retire: Biden Expected To Nominate A Black Female Justice

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire.

As one of three liberal justices on the court, his vacancy, reported by several outlets Wednesday, will pave the way for President Joe Biden to make his first pick for the nation’s highest bench

“It has always been the decision of any Supreme Court Justice if and when they decide to retire, and how they want to announce it, and that remains the case today,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote in a statement. “We have no additional details or information to share.”

Breyer, 83, has served on the court since 1994, after he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to replace the liberal icon Harry Blackmun. One of the body’s most prominent liberals, Breyer consistently found himself at odds with the court’s conservative majority, and even more so during Donald Trump’s White House tenure after the Senate confirmed Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.

“Justice Breyer has been a great justice, and he recognizes, I am sure, the political reality of our having control of the Senate now. But elections always have risks, so hopefully, he’s aware of that risk and he sees it accordingly,” said Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal in April of last year, urging Breyer to retire as soon as possible.

Democrats tried unsuccessfully during President Barack Obama’s administration to convince Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire. Ginsburg’s death in 2020 allowed Trump to place Barrett on the court. Many Democrats feared that if Breyer dies on the bench, he could leave the party in a similar situation.

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