(FreedomWire.org) – Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz is speculating that Joe Biden may nominate Vice President Kamala Harris to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court “to get her out of the White House.”
During an interview with Michael Knowles on the podcast “Verdict,” Cruz and the hosts spoke about liberal Justice Stephen Breyer announcing that he will retire from the bench at the end of the term.
Biden reaffirmed his promise to nominate a black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. There’s also been no public indication that Biden is going to pick Harris for the soon-to-be vacancy.
“Look, the Democratic Party is very worried that she’s the presumed successor to Joe Biden because her political negatives are so strong,” Cruz said on the podcast.
“I think there is a chance they nominate Kamala to the court in part because they can’t stand her and one of the virtues of naming her to the court is they get to get her out of the White House,” he said.
Breyer notified Biden last week of his intent to resign at the end of the court’s current term.
Breyer stated in a letter dated Jan. 27 that he wants to have his successor lined up before he steps down.
“I am writing to tell you that I have decided to retire from regular active judicial service as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and to serve under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 371(b),” Breyer wrote, referring to the statute dealing with retired justices and their ability to continue collecting a salary.
“I intend this decision to take effect when the Court rises for the summer recess this year (typically late June or early July) assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed,” Breyer added in the letter.
Biden spoke Thursday afternoon from the White House, thanking Breyer and praising him as an “exemplary justice,” before addressing the matter of his replacement.
“Choosing someone to sit on the Supreme Court, I believe, is one of the most serious constitutional responsibilities a president has,” Biden said, stating that his “process is going to be rigorous.”
Biden then said he has reviewed some possible candidates and reiterated his campaign pledge to choose a Black woman.
The White House has confirmed that U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs is on Biden’s shortlist of names to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, according to USA Today.
“Judge J. Michelle Childs has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina since 2010. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., an ally to the Biden administration, supports Childs,” the outlet added.
“Childs, whom Biden nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this month, is the first candidate the White House has publicly confirmed. Her consideration for the Supreme Court was reported by The Washington Post days before she was scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing,” the report continued.
“Biden is considering more than a dozen candidates for the seat, according to a source familiar with the process who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitives involved with the nomination process,” USA Today added.
“Some of the names under consideration have circulated for months, including Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the D.C. Circuit and California Supreme Court Associate Justice Leondra Kruger. The White House is also considering Sherrilyn Ifill, who is stepping down as president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls, the source said,” the report stated.
The U.S. Senate is currently split 50-50, but Vice President Kamala Harris can cast the tie-breaking vote for Democrats to confirm Biden’s eventual nominee to the Supreme Court.
To the surprise of many, South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey But Graham made it clear over the weekend that Biden’s pick may get some support from Republicans.