Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer addressed rumors of his potential retirement on Thursday.
The 82-year-old justice has sat on the bench for nearly 27 years and is under pressure from the far-left to step down so that President Joe Biden can appoint another liberal justice while Democrats hold the majority in the Senate.
Breyer said that his own health, and the court, are the factors behind his decision.
“Primarily, of course, health,” Breyer told CNN of his decision making process. “Second, the court.” He added a firm “no,” when asked if he was retiring in the immediate future.
Progressive groups including Women’s March and Demand Justice have launched a public relations campaign to pressure Breyer to step down from the bench.
Breyer has played a central role in several recent high-profile cases, from rejecting a third attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act to safeguarding student speech rights.
He has also warned against packing the Supreme Court, warning in April that doing so could further erode Americans’ trust in it. He defended the court’s refusal to hear former President Donald Trump’s challenges to the 2020 election, noting that the “court is guided by legal principle, not politics.”
This is an excerpt from Townhall.
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