Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer issued a warning to Democrats to remake the Supreme Court, including expanding the institution with justices, suggesting that Republicans would take advantage of the Democrats’ agenda.
Breyer said in an extensive interview with NPR that he would not be up to calls for progressive lawmakers to retire because of his age.
“I’m only going to say that I’m not going to go beyond what I said earlier on this subject, and that is that I don’t believe I should stay on the Supreme Court, or stay on the Supreme Court, unless I don’t die,” Justice, 83, told the partially publicly funded broadcaster. “And when exactly I should retire, or retire, there are many complicated parts to it. I think I know about most of them, and I am, and will consider them.”
When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last year and Amy Connie Barrett was named to the top court, left-wing Democrat lawmakers called for expansion, or “packing up,” the Supreme Court with many more justices. In April, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that set up an investigative body to determine whether more seats on the Supreme Court should be added or whether tenure limits should be established for justices.
“There is no question that Justice Breyer, for whom I have great respect, should retire at the end of this term,” Rep. Mondaire Jones (D.N.Y.) told the news website Cheddar in April, referring to Ginsburg’s death. Told while doing “Oh my god, haven’t we learned our lesson?” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.N.Y.) has issued similar statements.
But Breyer, who dismissed such calls earlier this year, again said such assumptions had no effect on the judges.
“As it goes, it will come. And if Democrats can do it, Republicans can do it,” Breuer told NPR while promoting his upcoming book, “The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics.”
During the interview, Breyer also said that he welcomes oral arguments in person after the court goes virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think it’s better to be there where you can actually see the attorney and see your colleagues, and you get more human contact,” he told NPR.
“We are not automatons. We are human beings,” Breyer also said. “And I believe that when humans discuss things face-to-face… there is a better chance of making things work. This is true with lawyers in oral arguments, and it is true with nine of us when we are talking.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times