Big story developing today as news is breaking that Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring.
The news broke first on NBC:
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) January 26, 2022
BREAKING: Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring from the Supreme Court. The vacancy created by the liberal judge gives Biden the first high court pick of his presidency. https://t.co/E5V51FxU9n
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 26, 2022
From the AP:
Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden an opening he has pledged to fill by naming the first Black woman to the high court.
Breyer, 83, has been a pragmatic force on a court that has grown increasingly conservative in recent years, trying to forge majorities with more moderate justices right and left of center.
Two sources told The Associated Press the news, speaking on condition of anonymity so as not to preempt Breyer’s eventual announcement. NBC first reported the justice’s plans.
Here was Biden’s response:
President Biden: "Every justice has the right and opportunity to decide…announce it on their own. There's been no announcement from Justice Breyer. Let him make whatever statement he's going to make. I'll be happy to talk about it later." #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/vqUgFmCSnM
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 26, 2022
And of course Hillary slobbered all over him:
Thank you to Justice Breyer for 30 years of distinguished service on the bench, and for his admirable decision to retire now. We are grateful for your career dedicated to fairness and justice for all.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 26, 2022
This sets up a huge showdown as we head into Midterms.
Buckle up my friends, it’s about to get wild!
JUST IN: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, paving the way for President Biden to nominate a replacement before the midterm elections.
This is HUGE news!
— Aaron Parnas (@AaronParnas) January 26, 2022