A source close to Breyer told Fox News that the justice will step down at the end of the current Supreme Court term early this summer.
Liberal activists were calling for the 83-year-old justice to retire soon after Biden was inaugurated. Sources close to Breyer, however, said the justice made the decision on his own terms and was not forced out.
Breyer was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat. Breyer’s replacement will need to be confirmed by the Senate, which is currently split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Democrats technically holding the majority because Vice President Harris can break ties.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday Breyer’s replacement will be “confirmed by the full United States Senate with all deliberate speed.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the White House won’t be commenting, at least for now, about Breyer stepping down. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.
In other developments:
– Biden promised Rep. Clyburn to nominate Black woman to SCOTUS
– CNN, MSNBC tout Supreme Court vacancy as political opportunity for Biden: ‘This could be a real jolt’
– Breyer’s retirement from Supreme Court prompts ‘Squad’ to call for Black woman nominee: Biden, ‘you promised’
– Supreme Court math: The Senate formulas for confirming or sinking Stephen Breyer’s successor
– Breyer was relentlessly bullied by the left to get out before Republicans seize the Senate
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