Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told the New York Times in an interview Thursday that he is struggling to decide when to retire but said, “I don’t think I’m going to stay there till I die — hope not.”
Why it matters: Breyer, the oldest justice at 83 years old, has faced pressure from progressives to retire and allow President Biden to name a liberal-leaning successor to prevent the potential expansion of the court’s conservative majority.
While Breyer and the White House have rebuffed those calling for the justice’s retirement, he told the Times that the president who will name his successor “will inevitably be in the psychology” of his retirement decision, particularly because of something the late Justice Antonin Scalia told him.
“He said, ‘I don’t want somebody appointed who will just reverse everything I’ve done for the last 25 years,'” Breyer explained. Read more…