Sen. Amy Klobuchar has urged Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breuer to retire “as soon as possible” if he is considering retirement.
Democrats have increasingly called for Breyer to step down, as Trump replaced the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the bench. Some lawmakers on the left have also put off the idea of increasing the number of judges because they fear the court will lean further to the right.
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However, Breyer said last week that he has not decided when to retire, despite the fact that he will turn 83 in August.
“I’m not going to speculate on his retirement,” Klobuchar, D-MN, told LOVEBYLIFE.state of the UnionHe pointed to a recent LOVEBYLIFE interview with Breyer in which he said he would step down only over concerns related to his health or the court.
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“When you see the court, he has to be concerned about the makeup and you are concerned about how you get justice in court with the manipulations that Mitch McConnell has done,” she explained. “So it would lead me to say, sooner rather than later, he makes his own decision about whether he’s going to retire.”
“But if he’s going to retire, it has to be as soon as possible.”
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Judges serve lifetime appointments, but some judges have opted for retirement. Justice Anthony Kennedy stepped down in 2018, allowing then-President Trump to choose Justice Brett Kavanaugh as his replacement.
If Republicans take back control of the Senate in 2022, it puts Breyer’s seat at risk because Republicans have shown a willingness to disrupt appointments.
McConnell refused to put President Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, before the Senate in 2016, the final year of Obama’s presidency.