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 on Sunday said the implementation of term limits for justices on the bench would “make life easier for me” as Democratic lawmakers are increasingly pushing the 83-year-old justice to step down and allow President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE to install a liberal replacement.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Breyer expressed an openness to term limits but warned that any should be set for “a very long term.”
“I think you could do that. It should be a very long term because you don't want the judge who's holding that term to start thinking about his next job,” Breyer said.
“But it would make life easier for me,” he added, cracking a smile.
The justice addressed the calls from a number of Democratic lawmakers for him to retire from the bench, contending that individuals are “entitled to their opinion.”
The justice has not signaled plans to step down from the court anytime soon, but he has said that he does not believe he will remain on the bench until he dies.
Breyer during the interview also addressed the possibility of adding justices to the court, warning that making changes to the bench could ultimately chip away at the public's trust in the institution.
“Well, if one party could do it, I guess another party could do it. ... It seems to me, you start changing all these things around and people will lose trust in the court,” he said.
“If the Democrats can do it, the Republicans can do it,” he added.