Minnesota Democratic Rep. Amy Klobuchar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer needs to decide whether he’s going to retire “sooner rather than later.”
“I’m not going to speculate on his retirement. In your exclusive interview from CNN, it was very clear that he said two reasons. One is health that he would look at and, two, the court,” Klobuchar said.
“When you look at the court, he has to be concerned about the makeup. And you have to be concerned about how you get a justice on the court with all of the manipulation that Mitch McConnell has engaged in,” she added.
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Klobuchar emphasized a soon departure would be better for Democrats. Breyer’s retirement would allow President Joe Biden to nominate another liberal justice that could be confirmed by the Democrats currently controlling the Senate.
“So, that would lead me to say sooner rather than later, ” Klobuchar said.
“He makes his own decision about if he’s going to retire. But if he’s going to retire, it should be sooner rather than later if you are concerned about the court. What happens in the U.S. Senate matters,” she added.
The interview also highlighted Klobuchar’s trip to Georgia to advocate for the For the People Act. The trip stood in solidarity with Georgia Democrats who oppose the state’s new voter reform law.