A letter Justice Stephen Breyer issued to President Joe Biden revealed he will officially relinquish his duties at noon on Thursday. His step down allows Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was confirmed in April, to be sworn-in.
Breyer’s retirement came after Democrat pressure, hoping to ensure his seat would be filled by someone who shares his liberal judicial philosophy.
In his letter, Breyer says he has “been aware of the great honor of participating as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the rule of law.”
BREAKING: Justice Stephen Breyer announces his retirement from the Supreme Court.— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 27, 2022
The move clears the way for Pres. Biden to follow through on his campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to the high court for his historic first pick. https://t.co/Szf1sdE8A9 pic.twitter.com/wq6rKFjrRy
Jackson, 51, currently sits on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. She will be the fourth female justice on the bench, joining Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett.
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