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Biden to pick a new chief justice (and thus fulfill the election promise)

Biden to pick a new chief justice (and thus fulfill the election promise)

US Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring. That means President Joe Biden can fulfill an electoral promise: appoint the first-ever black woman to a Supreme Court justice.

The Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court decided to retire. This was reported by US media and international news agencies on Wednesday, based on reliable sources. Breyer has yet to officially confirm the news, but the White House has not denied it.

Breyer was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and already had an impressive resume. “He is without a doubt one of the most remarkable lawyers of our time,” Clinton said at the time. New York times. Breyer was scheduled to leave this summer. It is unlikely that this will change the current ideological relationship in the court. Currently, six justices are categorized as conservative and three – including Breyer – progressive. Biden will replace Breyer with a judge in the latter camp.

In addition to having a progressive stance and being (obviously) eligible, Biden’s nomination will also be black and female. During his campaign, he pledged to appoint the first ever black woman to a Supreme Court justice. The White House confirmed Wednesday that Biden will stick to that goal. No names have been given yet, but that doesn’t stop the US press from listing the possibilities. Below are the prominently mentioned names.

1. Leondra R. Krueger

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The 45-year-old has served as a judge in a California state court since 2014. Observers describe her as her cautious and thoughtful style.

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Krueger writes many of the qualifications that chief justice candidates typically possess New York times. Like four of the current judges, she has a Yale diploma in her pocket. Furthermore, like six of the current judges, she previously worked as a court clerk. She is also well known in court and in court as she worked for the Department of Justice under Barack Obama. However, what makes her unusual is that she is currently a judge in a state court. Eight of the current chief justices served on a federal appeals court prior to their current positions.

2. Ketanji Brown Jackson

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Jackson is currently serving as a judge on the Court of Appeals. The 51-year-old also holds a Harvard degree, as have four current chief justices.

It is not appointed to the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals until June 2021, but the D.C. circuit has traditionally been seen as a stepping stone for the Supreme Court. It was also appointed by Biden.

3. J. Michelle Childs

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Childs, 55, is currently a district judge in South Carolina.

She was nominated by Obama in 2009 and Biden had previously nominated her for a seat on the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals.

It also has the support of Congressman Jim Clipburn, a Biden ally. He has previously urged the Biden administration to nominate her for the next chief justice. “Her experience makes her a good addition to the Supreme Court,” Claiburn said.

Senate approval

Whoever picks Biden, the nomination must be approved by the Senate. Currently, there are 50 Republicans, 48 ​​Democrats, and 2 independents who follow the Democrats. Democrats are expected to lose seats in the midterm elections later this year. So Biden will want to speed up his decision. The appointment of a new chief justice can sometimes take months, but the last chief justice took place in just one month. Republicans accelerated the process in late 2020 so that Amy Connie Barrett, then-President Donald Trump’s nomination, could be nominated for that year’s election.

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If the Senate has an equal number of votes to nominate Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris would have to cast his vote. You are unlikely to vote against Biden’s candidacy. (employment Fox News It has also been suggested that Biden nominate Harris and appoint a new vice president. However, at this point, that chance seems even smaller than Harris’ vote against Biden’s nomination.)

After a year into the presidency, things aren’t looking good for Joe Biden: Owing to obstructions in his party, he threatens to face the important midterm elections in November empty-handed. According to the American expert Stephen de Foer, two things could still save him to retain enough seats in Congress. Watch the analysis in the video below.