Justice Breyer Addresses Rumors of Retirement

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Posted: Jul 15, 2021 12:40 PM
Justice Breyer Addresses Rumors of Retirement

Source: Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer addressed rumors of his potential retirement on Thursday. The 82-year-old justice has sat on the bench for nearly 27 years and is under pressure from the far-left to step down so that President Joe Biden can appoint another liberal justice while Democrats hold the majority in the Senate.

Breyer said that his own health, and the court, are the factors behind his decision. 

"Primarily, of course, health,” Breyer told CNN of his decision making process. "Second, the court." He added a firm "no," when asked if he was retiring in the immediate future.

Progressive groups including Women’s March and Demand Justice have launched a public relations campaign to pressure Breyer to step down from the bench.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also nudged Breyer recently, and said that Senate Democrats "stand ready" to fill a vacancy.