Earlier Wednesday NBC reported liberal Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer would be retiring after 27 years on the bench.
Justice Breyer however has not officially released a statement announcing his retirement.
According to multiple reporters, Breyer is upset with how his retirement leaked to the media.
Breyer is upset about the way this leaked out, sources close to SCOTUS tell me. Usually SCOTUS justices are allowed to announce their retirement on their own terms, as has occurred in the last three retirements. (see thread and timing, below)
This is very early in the yr./term https://t.co/s2JWoxuWDu
— Susan Crabtree (@susancrabtree) January 26, 2022
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Fox News contributor Shannon Bream said Breyer was not planning on announcing his retirement today so the media leak upset him, according to Supreme Court sources.
A bit more clarity. I’m told Justice Breyer had firmly decided on his own to retire and that an announcement was due very soon. And while it appears someone jumped the gun on that, better to characterize him as surprised by events today than “upset”.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) January 26, 2022
Supreme Court observers believe Ketanji Brown Jackson is at the top of Biden’s list of SCOTUS nominees.
Ketanji Jackson is currently a US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia, first appointed to the district court by Barack Obama in 2013.
Just last month MSNBC’s Joy Reid was hoping Ketanji Jackson would be on the Supreme Court soon.
Joy Reid, December 24: “Thank God, thank God for Sonia Sotomayor, who is the conscience of that body…I hope Ketanji Brown [Jackson] will eventually be on there, set things right, and stare weird at Clarence Thomas if he’s still on there with her.” pic.twitter.com/g1hgYIHwRA
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 26, 2022