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Biden Formally Announces Justice Breyer’s Retirement

President Biden commended Justice Stephen G. Breyer for his nearly 28 years on the bench, and said his pick for the vacancy “will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”

“I’m here today to express the nation’s gratitude to Justice Stephen Breyer for his remarkable career of public service and his clear-eyed commitment to making our country’s laws work for its people. Today, Justice Breyer announces his intention to step down from active service after four decades, four decades on the federal bench and 28 years on the United States Supreme Court. I will select a nominee worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy of excellence and decency. While I’ve been studying candidates’ backgrounds and writings, I’ve made no decision except one. The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity, and that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. My intention to announce my decision before the end of February. In the end, I will nominate a historic candidate, someone who’s worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy and someone who, like Justice Breyer, will provide incredible service on the United States Supreme Court.” “This is a complicated country. There are more than 330 million people, and my mother used to say, it’s every race, it’s every religion. And she would emphasize this, and it’s every point of view possible. And yet they’ve decided to help solve their major differences under law. But I’ll tell you what Lincoln thought, what Washington thought and what people today still think: It’s an experiment. It’s an experiment, that’s what they said. It’s an experiment that’s still going on. And I’ll tell you something. You know who will see whether that experiment works? It’s you, my friend. It’s you, Mr. High School Student, it’s you, Mr. College Student, it’s you, Mr. Law School Students. It’s us, but it’s you. It’s that next generation. And the one after that.”

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Biden Formally Announces Justice Breyer’s Retirement

By The Associated Press January 27, 2022

President Biden commended Justice Stephen G. Breyer for his nearly 28 years on the bench, and said his pick for the vacancy “will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”

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