Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThis week: Democrats face mounting headaches Klobuchar: 'It is evil to make it deliberately hard for people to vote' Democrats push to shield election workers from violent threats MORE (D-Minn.) on Sunday said that if Justice Breyer decides to retire from the Supreme Court, he should do so “sooner rather than later.”
“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, because what happens in the U.S. Senate matters,” Klobuchar told host Dana BashDana BashManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report House is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Manchin: key energy provision of spending package 'makes no sense' MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Klobuchar said she was “not going to speculate on his retirement” but did say the liberal justice “has to be concerned about the makeup” of the court, which currently stands at a 6-3 conservative majority.
She said Democrats have to keep an eye on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China MORE (R-Ky.) when discussing Breyer’s potential retirement and President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE’s chances of landing a justice on the bench, accusing the Republican of "manipulation."
“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. So that would lead me to say sooner rather than later,” she said.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar refuses to speculate on Supreme Court Justice Stephen BreyerStephen BreyerBarrett: Supreme Court 'not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks' Sunday shows - Manchin says he won't vote for .5 trillion bill Breyer says term limits would 'make life easier for me' MORE's retirement, but says, "If he's going to retire, it should be sooner rather than later" #CNNSOTU https://t.co/eVcA0pf4Fq pic.twitter.com/5lmQ6ziJul— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 18, 2021
He did, however, reveal two circumstances that would contribute to any decision to leave the bench.
“Primarily, of course, health,” Breyer said. “Second, the court.”
Concerns regarding the 83-year-old justice’s retirement have swarmed throughout the Democratic Party, with some lawmakers urging him to retire to allow for enough time for Biden to install a liberal replacement on the bench.
New York Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones in April called on Breyer to retire while Biden is still in office.