Choose Breyer says he didn’t select retirement plans
But 82-year-old Breyer, a 1994 candidate for former President Bill Clinton, did not retire last month when the court’s final term ended. He told CNN that he enjoyed his status as chief judge of the liberal wing of the court, a role he took on following Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last fall.
The Supreme Court’s ideological bias has been a sore point for Democrats since 2016, when then Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Refused to hold confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland, then President Barack Obama’s election, Judge Antonin . to replace Scalia. McConnell argued that this year’s elections should allow voters to choose which President would fill Scalia’s seat, a move that paid off for Republicans when President Donald Trump was elected to the White House.
Trump has nominated three Supreme Court justices during his four years as president and has increased the court’s conservative advantage from 5: 4 to 6: 3. Former President’s final candidate, Amy Coney Barrett, was rushed through the verification process just days before Trump’s defeat in last November’s election.
McConnell, who pushed through Barrett’s endorsement in the weeks leading up to the presidential election despite insisting that voters be allowed to be weighed in 2016, has already hinted that he could block any candidate for the Biden Supreme Court should Republicans in the 2022 midterm election win back the majority in the Senate. This proposal has raised concerns among Liberals that a delayed resignation of Breyer could put control of his successor in the hands of the GOP.
For his part, Breyer has long said that foreign policy should not play a role in judges’ work.
“You are loyal to the rule of law, not the political party that helped make you appoint,” he said of federal judges during a lecture at Harvard Law School in April.