Stephen Breyer says politics of potential replacement could factor into his retirement

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breuer said on Sunday that “many factors” will play into the timing of his retirement, suggesting that the prospect of a Republican president appointing his successor is one of them.

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what is he saying: When asked in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” whether this was a factor, Breuer said, “I see the point, and maybe in the background, there may be something there. There are many ideas.”

  • Breuer said he was also factoring in “the role of the court” and “institutional considerations”.
  • “I don’t intend to die on the court,” Breyer said, repeating earlier comments. “I don’t think I’ll be there forever.”

“I think they are entitled to their opinion,” Breuer said of people calling for his retirement. “Not only do they understand the political world better than I do, or they understand it very well.”


why it matters: Fearing a situation like the death of former Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Breyer faced increased pressure to retire from some Democrats, which prompted former President Trump to choose a Conservative replacement shortly before the end of his term. Gave permission.

  • Breyer, the court’s oldest judge, at age 83, declined to give a potentially court-leaving deadline during an NPR interview earlier in the week.


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