Psaki: Biden Won’t Pressure Justice Breyer to Step Down From Supreme Court

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    President Joe Biden on Friday ordered a study of adding seats to the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission that will spend the next six months examining the politically incendiary issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for its justices.

    In launching the review, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise made amid pressure from activists and Democrats to realign the Supreme Court after its composition tilted sharply to the right during President Donald Trump’s term. Trump added three justices to the high court, including conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just days before last year’s presidential election.

    The 36-member commission, composed largely of academics, was instructed to spend 180 days studying the issues. But it was not charged with making a recommendation under the White House order that created it.

    The panel will be led by Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel for former President Barack Obama, and Cristina Rodriguez, a Yale Law School professor who served in the Office of Legal Counsel for Obama.

    Earlier this week, liberal justice Stephen Breyer, the court’s oldest member, warned liberal advocates of making big changes, including expanding the number of justices.

    Breyer said in a speech Tuesday that advocates should think “long and hard” about what they’re proposing.

    Asked about criticism of Breyer’s speech and calls for him to retire, Psaki sidestepped. She said the president’s view was that retirement was “a decision that Justice Breyer will make when he decides to no longer serve on the Supreme Court.”

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