After 27 years on the court, Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire at the end of of the current term, according to multiple reports. His retirement would provide an opportunity for President Biden to nominate a new Supreme Court justice.
Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire when the court’s current term ends in June, lawmakers said, giving Biden the opportunity to appoint a successor who could serve for decades.
Given the current level of political polarization, only a handful of Senate Republicans are likely to be in play as potential supporters of President Biden’s first Supreme Court nominee.
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Kaitlan Collins President Biden & Justice Breyer are scheduled to appear together tomorrow as the 83-year-old justice is set to announce his retirement, per a source familiar. Breyer conveyed his intentions to the White House last week, but not to Biden directly.
Shannon Bream A bit more clarity. I’m told Justice Breyer had firmly decided on his own to retire and that an announcement was due very soon. And while it appears someone jumped the gun on that, better to characterize him as surprised by events today than “upset”.