White House press secretary Jen Psaki wouldn’t comment on the details of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer while speaking to reports on Thursday.
According to Fox News the White House press agent was unwilling to say whether she was aware of when President Joe Biden was made aware of the retirement.
“This was Justice Breyer’s decision to make, on his own timeline and through his own conditions he determined,” Psaki said of Breyer’s retirement.
“So we aren’t going to lay out more specifics from here in terms of when the president was aware,” Psaki concluded.
Reports indicate that Breyer official notified the president on Thursday of his intent to end his time on the nation’s high court at the end of the current term.
A letter dated Jan. 27, indicated that Breyer told the president he would like to have his successor in place before he stepped down, according to Fox News.
“However, Breyer’s retirement plans were leaked to the public on Wednesday, reportedly upsetting the justice. How long Breyer’s decision was known privately is not known,” Fox reported.
The president spoke to reporters on Thursday and thanked Breyer for his service saying he was an “exemplary justice,” and promised to deal with the issue of his replacement in a timely manner.
Stephen Breyer says the U.S. is “an experiment that’s still going on,” based on its Constitution and founding principles
“My grandchildren and their children, they’ll determine whether the experiment still works. And of course, I am an optimist, and I’m pretty sure it will.” pic.twitter.com/Bm0qNqQ6wy
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 27, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday that the Senate will also work quickly to nominate Breyer’s replacement and offer fair treatment for whoever the president nominates.