Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 82, Has No Immediate Plans to Retire
Justice Stephen Breyer, who at 82 is the oldest member of the U.S. Supreme Court, said in an interview with Slate published on Tuesday that while he intends to retire “eventually,” he has no immediate plans to do so.
reyer remarked on his eventual retirement while responding to a question about whether he supports term limits for Supreme Court justices, an issue that has become a political hot potato amid liberal frustration with the high court’s conservative tilt under President Donald Trump’s tenure.
“Well, I can’t answer this question because it is too close to something that is politically controversial. I mean, eventually I’ll retire, sure I will. And it’s hard to know exactly when,” said Breyer, a Clinton appointee.
After Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s recent confirmation to the Supreme Court gave conservatives a 6-3 advantage, a number of Democrats floated radical proposals like expanding the number of seats on the high bench, known as court-packing.
“Expand the court,” wrote Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Twitter in a widely shared post on Oct. 27 before she accused Republicans of steamrolling over the objections of Democrats, who she said the GOP sees as pushovers.
“Republicans do this because they don’t believe Dems have the stones to play hardball like they do. And for a long time they’ve been correct. But do not let them bully the public into thinking their bulldozing is normal but a response isn’t. There is a legal process for expansion,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet.
The legal process for expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court would involve the House and Senate passing legislati….