At an event announcing the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer from the Supreme Court, President Biden renewed his campaign pledge to nominate a Black woman to the high court. Biden said he plans to make the announcement before the end of February.
- But let me say a few words about the critically important work of selecting his successor. Choosing someone to sit on the Supreme Court I believe is one of the most serious constitutional responsibility a President has. Our process is going to be rigorous. I will select a nominee worthy of Justice Breyer's legacy of excellence and decency.
While I've been studying candidates' backgrounds and writings, I've made no decision except one. The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It's long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.
I will fully do what I said I'd do. I will fulfill my duty to select a justice not only with the Senate's consent, but with this advice. You've heard me say in other nomination processes that the Constitution does seek the advice and consent. But the advice as well of the Senate. I'm going to invite senators from both parties to offer their ideas and points of view. I'll also consult with leading scholars and lawyers.
And I'm fortunate to have advised me in the selection process Vise President Kamala Harris. She's an exceptional lawyer, former attorney general of the state of California, a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I will listen carefully to all the advice I'm given, and I'll study the records and former cases carefully. I'll meet with the potential nominees and it is my intention, my intention, to announce my decision before the end of February. I have made no choice at this point.