Democrats failed at what they are longing for. They want Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to quit, but he has no indication that he is ready to retire.
On Friday, the court confirmed to Bloomberg – a hint was given that Breyer doesn’t have any immediate plans to step down and announced that he would be hiring a full complement of four law clerks for the next Supreme Court term.
Here’s an excerpt from Business Insider reports:
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has hired four law clerks for the fall term, the court confirmed to Bloomberg on Friday, signaling that he may not have plans to retire soon.
The move comes amid calls from progressive activists and politicians for Breyer, 82, to retire so President Joe Biden can nominate a successor while the Senate is still controlled by Democrats.
Breyer, the oldest justice on the bench, has made no public comments on his retirement, but the new hires likely suggest that he does not intend to step down in the near future. The Supreme Court’s latest term ended earlier this week.
Breyer is facing intense calls to retire so Biden can appoint Supreme Court Justice. To the extent, they paid a billboard truck demanding him to retire outside Union Station.
Demand Justice announces a new campaign: “Breyer, retire.”
It includes an online petition telling Supreme Court Justice Breyer to “put the country first” and retire so Biden can replace him + a billboard truck will be circling the Supreme Court.
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 9, 2021
According to CNN reports:
“But none of that has kept the pressure off of him to call it quits at the court, with liberals nervous about the prospect of losing another chance to get one of their own on the bench after the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg declined to step down under Barack Obama’s presidency so that he could name a younger justice to sit on the court. With her passing last September, then-President Donald Trump was able to fill the vacancy and name a third justice to America’s highest court, solidifying the court’s 6-3 conservative majority.”
No one can replace Breyer until after the 2024 election if he will not step down on the Supreme Court until 2024 and Republicans control the senate.
Not likely he would let Biden fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if GOP wins back Senate, Mitch McConnell told to the host Hugh Hewitt – “We’ll have to wait and see what happens, he added.
The Hill reported:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled Monday that Republicans, if they win back control of the upper chamber, wouldn’t advance a Supreme Court nominee if a vacancy occurred in 2024, the year of the next presidential election.
“I think it’s highly unlikely — in fact, no, I don’t think either party, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election,” McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt.
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