Sonia Sotomayor’s retirement is a ‘personal decision’: White House

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The Biden administration responded to They call from the left for the retirement of Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayorcalling it a “personal decision” in which the White House was not involved.

“When it comes to those types of decisions, they are personal decisions, regardless of whether it is Judge Sotomayor or any other justice on the court,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a briefing. of press. Wednesday press conference.

“That is for them to make, that is a decision that justice must make. Again, it’s a personal decision. That’s not something we get involved in, but it’s something that’s obviously something that falls to any judge on the bench. “They should be given the space and freedom to make that decision.”

The question comes after a growing debate over whether Democrats should pressure Sotomayor to retire. The 69-year-old, who has type 1 diabetes, is the oldest sitting Supreme Court justice appointed by a Democratic president. If the party loses the White House or the Senate in November, he could lose the ability to elect his replacement in the years to come.

With the Supreme Court already dominated by a six-justice conservative majority, a small but vocal group of legal experts is encouraging Sotomayor to resign.

One expert told HuffPost feared “the Ruth Bader Ginsburg precedent.” Democrats resisted pressure on Ginsburg to resign; when the 87-year-old died in 2020, former President Donald Trump was quick to name Amy Coney Barrett as her successor.

“I have PTSD since 2020,” former MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan said on CNN on Tuesday, adding: “Republicans are very good at court stacking, at getting their people to court… Democrats are not very good at seeing the power of the Supreme Court.”

Democratic senators have said that would not join calls for Sotomayor to retire. But Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asked her to take his decision carefully.

“I am very respectful of Judge Sotomayor. I have great admiration for her. But I think she really has to weigh the competing factors.” he told NBC. “We should learn a lesson. And it’s not like there’s any mystery here about what the lesson should be.”


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