Justice Breyer Formally Announces Retirement

President Biden is expected to announce the nominee to replace him soon.

Justice Stephen Breyer sent a letter to President Biden on Thursday formally announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court of the United States. “I enormously appreciate the privilege of serving as part of the federal judicial system. … I have found the work challenging and meaningful,” the associate justice wrote. 

At a press conference at the White House, Justice Breyer appeared with President Biden. In a brief statement recalling his days on the court, he referenced the Gettysburg Address in which President Lincoln said that America  is a nation “conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He said that Lincoln, and also President George Washington, called America an experiment, and he agreed that it is… an experiment that involves every race, every culture, every religion, and every possible point of view. He challenged listeners to keep the experiment going across coming generations. 

President Biden said he will announce his nominee to replace Justice Breyer before the end of February, and that candidate will be a black woman. 

“I’ve made no decision except one,” the president said. “The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity. And that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue, in my view.” 

He said among those who will advise him on his selection will be legislators from both parties as well as Vice President Harris. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Justice Breyer as he completes his term on the Supreme Court bench.
  • For wisdom for the president and his advisors as a nominee is selected to fill the vacancy.
  • For members of the Senate as they prepare to vet the coming nominee.

Sources: C-Span, Axios


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