Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire

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This story is breaking and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced he is retiring from the bench.

Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Photographer: Steve Petteway, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Breyer has been a consistently liberal voice to the bench in the more than two decades he has served on the Supreme Court. His retirement comes amid a push from Democrats for him to step down to give President Biden a chance to nominate a new justice to the bench in a 6-3 conservative majority court.

The 83-year-old justice was nominated to the bench by President Bill Clinton.

The Hill reports:

The timing of Breyer’s departure is consistent with the modern trend of Supreme Court justices stepping down when the White House is controlled by the same party behind their nomination, a dynamic known as “strategic retirement.”

With Democrats holding a razor-thin majority in the Senate, the question of Breyer’s possible retirement had gripped Washington, particularly liberal activists and progressive lawmakers.

Many liberals had pointed to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death in September 2020 and subsequent confirmation of conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the waning days of the Trump administration as a cautionary tale for Breyer, and urged him to avoid what they view as Ginsburg’s severe miscalculation.

“I’m sure Breyer realizes what a blow Justice Ginsburg’s non-retirement was to the possibility of ever having an even mildly progressive Court in our lifetime,” Dan Kobil, a law professor at Capital University, told The Hill in a previous interview. “And that describes Breyer — mildly progressive.”

      1. Whichever clown Slo Joe (or whoever is really making executive decisions – Bar Hussein) choose, the pick would have to get approved.

  1. is this the WH off ramp for Kamala? The way to get her out of the way since she’s proved she’s not up for the VP job? Then agian, could she do just as much dmage on SCOTUS? Probalby not, she’ll just join the ranks of left-wing loons that have been on SCOTUS since the days of RBG and her ilk.

  2. The Supreme Court shouldn’t be progressive, Democrat, Republican, or even conservative. The Supreme Court should be constitutional and nothing else. No politics in the Court. I honestly prefer a conservative, republican Court, but it should just be constitutional making decisions based on the words of the constitution alone.

  3. I am sure that the CCP run CFR has already made their decision on the witch to take this mans place.Hillary Bottom Clinton?

  4. Democrats very much are trying to Push Breyer off the Supreme Court. If he won’t go, they will kill him. he has no choice but to leave because the evil Democrats want to put Kamala Harris, another evil Democrat in the Supreme Court as their very own corrupt justice. Justice is a laughable word now that evil Democrats walk this earth. However, nearly every single Justice has been flown to Gitmo and given ultimatums. That is the number one reason why Beyer is retiring. The second is the evil Democrats. They do not want Kamala in as President. She can’t anyway because she was not born in the United States. Don’t let the evil Dem’s tell you otherwise

  5. Not a good time to retire. I wonder what he got offered in order to comply with the Democrats’ previous request for him to retire, which he denied not doing. Sad times and getting sadder.

    1. money, what else. but at 85 yrs old what incentive does money give, unless to yuor offspring. SAD and DANGEROUS!

  6. Justice Breyer, please dont retre yet! Handg on and stand firm please. or our cuntry will go down wth obama or other far left justice. Do NOT allow your party push you into retirement please.

  7. What kind of a woke idiot will Senile Joe nominate? He’s going to check off another box by picking a “black woman.” How about nominating the best person, regardless of color or sex?

  8. Admitting that Ginsburg’s non-retirement was a “severe miscalculation” drapes a sandwich sign over his shoulders that reads “unjust partisan” and confesses to his own greatest flaw.


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