Biden Confirms He Will Nominate First Black Woman to Supreme Court to Replace Retiring Justice Stephen Breyer

President Biden honors Stephen Breyer for his years of service. / REUTERS

President Biden announced Thursday that he will nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, saying such a move was “long overdue.”

In remarks from the Roosevelt Room at the White House, the president said he intended to settle on a choice before the end of February following a “rigorous” process and vowed his nominee would be “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 of extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity, and that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,” Biden said. “It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president and I will keep that commitment.”

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The president also indicated that Vice President Kamala Harris would play a key role in the selection process, calling her “an exceptional lawyer” and noting her past service as California’s attorney general, as well as on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Breyer confirmed his retirement in a Thursday letter to Biden, writing that his departure would “take effect when the Court rises for the summer recess this year (typically late June or early July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Steven Nelson

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