Stephen Breyer is rumored to be retiring from the Supreme Court as a liberal Supreme Court justice.
The leftwing judge, who is 83 years old, originally appointed by President Clinton in 1994, served for 27 years on the nation’s high court.
His resignation will hand President Joe Biden the opportunity to name his successor – which will likely be sent to a deadlocked 50-50 Senate, though Vice President Kamala Harris has the tie-breaking 51st vote.
This timing seems odd, considering the predicted red wave that will hit 2022 and could swing the Senate in favor of Republicans.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire, giving President Joe Biden a chance to nominate to the bench, a well-placed source familiar with the matter told CNN https://t.co/D7J7yz7nNR
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 26, 2022
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CNBC reports leftwing activists are urging Breyer’s retirement so Biden can nominate a younger liberal to the court. This could allow Biden to continue serving many years on this bench.
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They seem to have achieved their goal.
In 2021, Breyer argued against the demands of leftwing activists who wanted to expand the Supreme Court, saying, “Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence” would erode trust in the nation’s highest court.
Among Breyer’s more high-profile cases while on the Supreme Court, he wrote the majority opinion in Stenberg v. CarhartWhile he ruled against partial-birth abortion,
Breyer graduated from Harvard Law School in the early 1960’s.