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PSAKI says Biden is ‘keeping’ to his promise to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday confirmed President Biden’s promise to nominate a black woman to serve on the Supreme Court to replace incumbent Justice Stephen Breyer.

“The president has declared and reiterated his commitment to appointing a black woman to the Supreme Court and certainly stands by that,” Psaki said during the daily briefing. PSAKI said the president “stands by” his old remarks.

During a Democratic debate in February 2020, Biden promised to nominate a black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. “We talked about the Supreme Court — I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure everyone is effectively represented,” Biden said at the time.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on January 26, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Except for saying Biden would honor his pledge to nominate a black woman, PSAKI has generally declined to comment on Breyer’s departure, given that he hadn’t made the announcement himself. Asked if there was “a scenario where the president would select” Harris to serve on the Supreme Court, Psaki replied, “I won’t talk about any consideration, preparation, list.” But she noted, “The President has every intention, as he has said before, of running for re-election and running for re-election with Vice President Harris on the ticket as his partner.”

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U.S. President Joe Biden salutes U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris during a press conference in the State Dining Room of the White House November 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

“As we said earlier, and as you’ve heard the president say, there’s a long history of Supreme Court justices determining when they can retire, whether they retire, and the ‘announce,” she added. “That remains the case today.”

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Breyer, who is 83, has been the subject of much speculation about his retirement. Liberal activists were calling for the justices to retire shortly after Biden’s inauguration. Sources close to Breyer, however, claimed Breyer made the decision on his own terms and was not expelled.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this article.

PSAKI says Biden is ‘keeping’ to his promise to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court

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