Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharWhite House looks to cool battle with Facebook The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Goldman Sachs – Key week for Biden’s infrastructure goals This week: Senate faces infrastructure squeeze MORE (D-Minn.) on Sunday said that if Justice Breyer decides to retire from the Supreme Court, he should do so “sooner rather than later.”
“He makes his own decision about if he’s going to retire, but … if he’s going to retire, it should be sooner rather than later, if you are concerned about the court, because what happens in the U.S. Senate matters,” Klobuchar told host Dana BashDana BashKlobuchar: If Breyer is going to retire from Supreme Court, it should be sooner rather than later Sunday shows – Surgeon general in the spotlight as delta variant spreads Surgeon general: No ‘value’ to locking people up over marijuana use MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Klobuchar said she was “not going to speculate on his retirement” but did say the liberal justice “has to be concerned about the makeup” of the court, which currently stands at a 6-3 conservative majority.
She said Democrats have to keep an eye on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellManchin to back nominee for public lands chief Schumer sets up Wednesday infrastructure showdown GOP says Schumer vote will fail MORE (R-Ky.) when discussing Breyer’s potential retirement and President BidenJoe BidenAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book Biden says Eid al-Adha carries ‘special meaning’ amid pandemic Manchin to back nominee for public lands chief MORE’s chances of landing a justice on the bench, accusing the Republican of “manipulation.”
“You have to be concerned about how you get a justice on the court with all of the manipulation that Mitch McConnell has engaged in. So that would lead me to say sooner rather than later,” she said.
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He did, however, reveal two circumstances that would contribute to any decision to leave the bench.
“Primarily, of course, health,” Breyer said. “Second, the court.”
Concerns regarding the 83-year-old justice’s retirement have swarmed throughout the Democratic Party, with some lawmakers urging him to retire to allow for enough time for Biden to install a liberal replacement on the bench.
New York Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones in April called on Breyer to retire while Biden is still in office.