Advocates have launched a petition calling on Breyer, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, to step down, deploying a mobile billboard truck on Capitol Hill beginning Friday. They’ve also pointed to Biden’s pledge to nominate the first-ever Black woman to the nation’s highest court.
Some advocates have called for expanding the Supreme Court, though Biden has said he’s “not a fan” of “court packing.” Breyer said in a speech at Harvard Law School Tuesday that adding justices to the court could weaken trust in the institution.
“It is wrong to think of the Court as another political institution,” he said.
Though she indicated Biden wouldn’t be pressuring Breyer to step down, Psaki declined to tell activists to back away from their efforts to nudge Breyer into retirement.
“I think I can just speak to what the president’s view of the Supreme Court justice’s ability to make his own decision,” Psaki said.
Psaki also said Friday that she wasn’t aware of Biden having any conversations with justices since his inauguration earlier this year.