Bill Clinton's influence on Supreme Court to end with Breyer departure

클린턴, 대통령을 두 번 역임한 사람, 1993-2001, 재임 기간 동안 2명의 대법관을 지명함: 루스 베이더 긴즈버그, 8월부터 법원에 복무한 사람 1993 그녀가 늙어서 죽을 때까지 87 9 월 2020, and Breyer, 83, whom Clinton nominated in May 1994 and who joined the court in August of that year.

Breyer’s nomination followed the retirement of former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, an appointee of former President Richard Nixon who had served on the court since 1970.

When Clinton 발표 Breyer’s nomination on May 16, 1994, he called the 샌프란시스코 native anunquestioned leader of the judiciary.

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Associate Justice Stephen Breyer is seen in Washington, 4 월 23, 2021.

Associate Justice Stephen Breyer is seen in Washington, 4 월 23, 2021. (로이터)

Judge Breyer will bring to the Court a well recognized and impressive ability to build bridges in pursuit of fairness and justice. In the generations ahead, the Supreme Court will face questions of overriding national importance, many of which we cannot today even imagine,” 클린턴이 말했다.

He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in an 87-9 투표.

Then-U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Stephen Breyer, 왼쪽, listens as then-President Bill Clinton nominates Breyer to the Supreme Court during a news conference outside the White House, 할 수있다 13, 1994.

Then-U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Stephen Breyer, 왼쪽, listens as then-President Bill Clinton nominates Breyer to the Supreme Court during a news conference outside the White House, 할 수있다 13, 1994. (게티 이미지)

아이러니하게도, had Hillary Clinton been elected president in 2016 과 2020, Breyer’s departure would have created an opportunity for the former secretary of state’s fourth nominee to the court. 대신, three court picks went to former President Trump and now President Biden will get his first court nominee – and the court after Breyer will have no representation from the Clintons.

The three Trump appointees on the nine member court are associate justices Neil Gorsuch (confirmed in 2017), Brent Kavanaugh (2018) and Amy Coney Barrett (2020).

Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 meant that Trump, not Clinton, filled three Supreme Court vacancies. From left are Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch and Brent Kavanaugh.

Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 meant that Trump, not Clinton, filled three Supreme Court vacancies. From left are Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch and Brent Kavanaugh. (게티 이미지)

Other Clinton ties

While Clinton’s direct influence on the court may be coming to an end, some remaining justices have ties to the former president: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was nominated by Clinton in 1997 to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was an associate White House counsel while Clinton was president.

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Former President Bill Clinton speaks in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2 월. 18, 2020.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2 월. 18, 2020. (로이터)

Breyer’s retirement decision comes after months of speculation that he might retire while the Democratic Party has control of the Senate and House of Representatives.

During a 회견 with The New York Times in August, Breyer said he did not intend on remaining a Supreme Court justice until death. (Being named to the court is a lifetime appointment.)

I don’t think I’m going to stay there till I die — hope not,” Breyer said.

Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer arrives for the swearing-in ceremony of Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate Supreme Court justice in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, 우리., 4 월 10, 2017.

Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer arrives for the swearing-in ceremony of Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate Supreme Court justice in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, 우리., 4 월 10, 2017. (로이터)

Breyer also issued a warning to Democrats who are interested in packing the court, in a bid to overcome a conservative majority.

“[티]hink twice, 적어도,” Breyer said. “… If A can do it, B can do it. And what are you going to have when you have A and B doing it?”

Fox News Tyler Olson and Peter Aitken contributed to this story.

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