Earlier this week, national media outlets were quick to report that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer had made plans to step down from the bench.
Yet as The Daily Wire pointed out in a piece published Thursday, evidence is beginning to mount that it wasn’t Breyer who decided to make the announcement.
Breyer blindsided by news?
The Daily Wire pointed to a tweet from Fox News anchor Shannon Bream, who cited “multiple sources” who told her “Justice Breyer was not planning to announce his retirement today.”
“They describe him as ‘upset’ with how this has played out,” Bream wrote. “We still await any official notice from his office and/or the #SCOTUS public information office.”
Later, Bream followed those words up with a second tweet seeking to provide “a bit more clarity.”
“I’m told Justice Breyer had firmly decided on his own to retire and that an announcement was due very soon,” she said. “And while it appears someone jumped the gun on that, better to characterize him as surprised by events today than ‘upset,’” the Fox anchor added.
Political consultant Ron Bonjean also found the revelation suspect, tweeting, “Potential retirement conversations between Justices and the WH happen at a very high level. For a news leak like this to happen is highly unusual.”
Tom Fitton, president of the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, went even further, suggesting that news of Breyer’s departure was put out as part of an effort to get him off the bench before Democrats lose their Senate majority.
“No doubt leftists leaked Breyer retirement as part of their pressure campaign to force Breyer off the court,” Fitton declared in a tweet of his own. “Big question is did the leak come from the Supreme Court itself?”
Fox News reported Thursday that President Joe Biden had announced his intention to name a replacement for Breyer by the end of February.
“I’ve made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity,” he said.
“And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,” the president added. “It’s long overdue, in my view.”