Senator Amy Klobuchar has urged Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire “as soon as possible” if he is considering retiring.
Democrats have increasingly called on Breyer to step down after Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s place on the bench was filled by someone appointed by Trump. Some left-wing lawmakers have even touted the idea of increasing the number of judges because they fear the court will lean more to the right.
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However, Breyer said last week that he has not decided when to retire, despite turning 83 in August.
“I’m not going to speculate on his retirement,” Klobuchar, D-MN, told CNN’s “State of the Union”. She pointed to a recent CNN interview with Breyer in which he said he would only resign over concerns related to his health or the court.
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“When you watch the court he has to worry about the lineup and you worry about how you get a judge on the court with all the manipulations Mitch McConnell has gone into,” she explained. “So that would lead me to say, as soon as possible, that he decides if he is going to retire.”
“But if he has to retire, it should be as soon as possible.”
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Judges are appointed for life, but some judges have opted for retirement. Judge Anthony Kennedy resigned in 2018, allowing President Trump to choose Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his replacement.
If Republicans regain control of the Senate in 2022, it puts Breyer’s seat at risk, as Republicans have shown their willingness to block nominations.
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McConnell refused in 2016 to submit President Obama’s pick Merrick Garland to the Senate in the last year of Obama’s presidency.
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