Some Democratic lawmakers are growing increasingly vocal with their calls for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire.
Liberal activists have called for Breyer’s retirement early in President Joe Biden’s term while Democrats control the Senate to avoid another scenario like what happened after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last year. Shortly before Election Day 2020, Republican President Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Senate replaced a justice from the court’s liberal flank with a more conservative justice, Amy Coney Barrett.
In an interview with NPR’s Nina Totenberg published this week, Breyer, who turned 83 last month, declined to shed new light on his retirement plans, joking that he would like the interview to focus on his new book .
“I’m only going to say that I’m not going to go beyond what I previously said on