Read Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement letter

The letter is dated Jan. 27, the day after news of his retirement broke.

January 27, 2022, 1:05 PM

The Supreme Court on Thursday released the letter Justice Stephen Breyer wrote to President Joe Biden telling him he would retire at the end of the current term.

In the letter, dated Jan. 27 -- the day after news of his retirement broke -- Breyer said he would leave the bench after almost 28 years when the court recesses for the summer and assuming that a successor has been nominated and confirmed.

PHOTO: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer sits during a group photo of the Justices at the Supreme Court in Washington on April 23, 2021.
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer sits during a group photo of the Justices at the Supreme Court in Washington on April 23, 2021.
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"I have found the work challenging and meaningful. My relations with each of my colleagues have been warm and friendly," he said.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily briefing that Breyer had hand delivered the letter to President Biden earlier Thursday.

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