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Biden vows to nominate Black woman to replace Breyer on bench

US President Joe Biden says he will nominate the first Black woman in US history to the Supreme Court bench as he addresses the nation on the retirement of the liberal justice Stephen Breyer.

“I’ve made no decision except [the] person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity,” Biden says in an address from the White House.

“And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”

Breyer, 83, will retire at the end of the summer, he confirms in a letter.

Early discussions about a successor are focusing on US Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, US District Judge J. Michelle Childs and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss White House deliberations. Jackson and Kruger have long been seen as possible nominees.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says Biden’s nominee “will receive a prompt hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be considered and confirmed by the full United States Senate with all deliberate speed.”

 

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