WASHINGTON, DC – According to reports, 83-year-old Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is slated to retire from the bench later this year, teeing-up President Joe Biden to fill the vacancy within the nation’s highest court after Breyer steps down.
Breyer, who is a Democrat, was appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton back in 1994, thus, his stepping down only to be replaced by someone nominated by the current administration will basically have little to no impact on the court in terms of political layout.
Sources close to Breyer have proclaimed that he will be stepping down from the bench once the current Supreme Court term wraps up during the summer of 2022. Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on January 26th that whoever will replace Breyer will be “confirmed by the full United States Senate with all deliberate speed.”
As it stands, there is a 50-50 split within the Senate between Democrats and Republicans, with Democrats having the technical tie-breaker with Vice President Kamala Harris in the event there is a deadlock with Senators voting along party lines.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated on January 26th that the White House will not be commenting on the matter as of this time. Psaki took to Twitter noting that Supreme Court retirements are something the White House leaves to those on the bench to dictate how and when they want to announce such matters.
“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,” she said. “We have no additional details or information to share from the White House.”
Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino also commented on Breyer’s purported retirement on Twitter, claiming that “The Left” basically “bullied” the Supreme Court justice into announcing his retirement so that they could fill the void with a warm body “who rubber stamps” any Democrat political agenda that finds its way to the highest court.
“The Left bullied Justice Breyer into retirement and now it will demand a justice who rubber stamps its liberal political agenda,” her tweet read. “And that’s what the Democrats will give them, because they’re beholden to the dark money supporters who helped elect them.”
The Left bullied Justice Breyer into retirement and now it will demand a justice who rubber stamps its liberal political agenda. And that’s what the Democrats will give them, because they’re beholden to the dark money supporters who helped elect them.
— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) January 26, 2022