BREAKING: Stephen Breyer “Blindsided” By Leak He Was Retiring, Source Says

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is reportedly set to retire and the White House is gearing up to nominate a black woman to the position.

We don’t have an official retirement announcement from Breyer as of Friday, and now we know why: Sources say he was “blindsided” by the leak.

On Wednesday, as news of the 83-year-old justice’s retirement broke, Fox News legal correspondent Shannon Bream reported the move was unplanned.

“Multiple sources tell me Justice Breyer was not planning to announce his retirement today. They describe him as ‘upset’ with how this has played out,” she tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

“We still await any official notice from his office and/or the #SCOTUS public information office.”

“A bit more clarity,” she tweeted later in the afternoon.

“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.'”

However, on Thursday, Bream said one source described the justice as “blindsided” by the decision.

Bream told Fox News “his emotions were described a lot of different ways” by sources, including “consternation, but more surprise.”

“He made this decision this decision firmly some time ago,” Bream said. “There was no change or pressure, he said, on him.”

“But he was not ready for the announcement yesterday, although we were told it was imminent,” she continued. “I’m told by one person he was blindsided by what happened yesterday.”

Breyer’s retirement had been expected, particularly since liberals and progressives had been pressuring the 83-year-old to step down before the midterms so a Democrat-controlled Senate would vote on his replacement.

Part of the pressure was fueled by the 2020 death of former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which allowed Republican President Donald Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed by a Republican Senate.

Ginsburg had resisted retiring before the 2014 midterms when Democrat President Barack Obama could have nominated a replacement to a Democratic Congress.

When questioned about the decision by a Reuters interviewer in August of 2014, she asked “who the president could have nominated this spring that you would rather see on the court than me?”

The GOP would win back the Senate in the midterms later that year, making it nearly impossible for Obama to nominate anyone with the guarantee they would be confirmed.