Klobuchar: 'If' Justice Breyer Is Going To Retire 'It Should Be Sooner Rather Than Later'


Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says he has not made a decision on when he will retire.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) was asked if Breyer, 82, was making a “mistake by not retiring.”

“I’m not going to speculate on his retirement,” Klobuchar said as she noted that during a recent interview with CNN, Breyer said he would base his retirement plans on his health and “the court.”

She continued, “Well, when you look at the court, he has to be concerned about the make-up, and you have to be concerned with how you get a justice on the court with all the manipulation that Mitch McConnell has engaged in. So that would lead me to say sooner rather than later.”

“He makes his own decision about if he’s going to retire, but … if he’s going to retire, it should be sooner rather than later, if you are concerned about the court, because what happens in the U.S. Senate matters,” she added.

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Breyer, one of the three liberal justices on the Supreme Court, is facing calls from progressives to retire so that President Joe Biden can name a replacement while Democrats are in control of the Senate.

The court currently has a 6-3 conservative majority after former President Donald Trump nominated three conservative justices during his four years in office.

Should Breyer retire?

During an interview with CNN last week, Breyer said he has not decided when he will retire. Additionally, he said two decisions would guide his retirement plans, “Primarily, of course, health… Second, the court.”

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