Biden Speaks On Supreme Court Controversy

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Here’s what he had to say…

To follow through on a fundamental campaign promise, President Biden announced he would be nominating a Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court as a replacement for Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his retirement.

During an event alongside Breyer, Biden noted that he would be selecting the jurist’s replacement before the end of February.

Speaking during the press conference, Biden said he had “made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character experience, and integrity.” He continued that the person he would nominate would “be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,” adding that the decision is “long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during my campaign for President, and I will keep that commitment.”

Before making his decision, Biden said he would be consulting “exceptional lawyer” Vice President Harris, Senators from both parties, and leading legal scholars.

The President also added he would “listen carefully to all the advice I’m given, and I’ll study the records and former cases carefully.”

Emphasizing that he had not yet decided, Biden said he would meet with potential nominees to announce his decision before the end of February.

Biden then revealed once he selected a nominee, he would be asking the Senate to “move promptly.”

A statement that has been confirmed by remarks made by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who mentioned that Democrats would be seeking to move quickly to confirm Biden’s nominee once the choice is made, citing the nomination and confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett that happened in 28 days.