Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the oldest member of the nation’s highest bench at 82, is finally responding to months of calls from the left to retire while Democrats still control the Senate.
Speaking to CNN in an interview published Thursday, Breyer, the most senior liberal on the court, said he was not feeling that pressure, and answered simply, “No” when asked whether he had decided when he would step down.
As for the factors that would compel him to retire, the Supreme Court justice said there were two.
“Primarily, of course, health. Second, the court,” he said.
Breyer, who turns 83 in August, said his seniority on the bench is also a factor, noting how he enjoys the leadership that he’s able to bring to justices’ private discussions over cases as a 27-year veteran.
“[It] has made a difference to me,” he said of those discussions and his role in them, “It is not a fight. It is