Supreme Court Justice Stephen Brayer plans to retire at the end of the current term, and Biden is set to nominate the supreme court’s first black woman.
• Breyer is one of the three remaining liberal justices.
• Breyer has been on the Bench for more than 27 years.
• Breyer was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994.
• His decision to retire will give Biden his first Supreme Court pick of his presidency.
• Biden’s pick won’t make a difference since the Supreme Court is at a 6-3 split
• White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted a statement on Wednesday, saying, “It has always been the decision of any Supreme Court Justice if and when they decide to retire, and how they want to announce it, and that remains the case today.”
It has always been the decision of any Supreme Court Justice if and when they decide to retire, and how they want to announce it, and that remains the case today. We have no additional details or information to share from @WhiteHouse
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 26, 2022
• The progressive group Demand Justice is pressuring Biden to appoint a black woman to the Bench saying to Breyer: “Breyer Retire. It’s time for a Black woman Supreme Court justice.”
• Biden has now pledged to make such an Appointment.
• Contenders to Breyer’s post include – U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and Leondra Kruger, a justice on California’s Supreme Court.
• Jackson was nominated by Biden to her current position and confirmed by the Senate on a 53-44 vote; three Republicans voted in her favor. She succeeded Merrick Garland, that is now the Attorney General.
• Biden is expected to act quickly to nominate a successor who can be ready to serve when the court’s new term begins Oct. 3.