Published: Fri, January 11, 2019

White House quietly preparing for possible departure of Justice Ginsburg

White House quietly preparing for possible departure of Justice Ginsburg

"Her recovery from surgery is on track".

The political world is abuzz with rumors that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may soon resign from the U.S. Supreme Court, potentially sparking the most intense fight yet over President Donald Trump's third nominee to the nation's highest court. Ginsburg is still recuperating from surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her lungs. She was released from the hospital in NY four days later and has been recuperating at home since then.

Justice Ginsburg is now a three-time cancer survivor, and according to the American Lung Association, most patients are back to their usual lifestyles within a month after a lobectomy. Doctors said they found no "evidence of any remaining disease".

The White House has told allies at the Judicial Crisis Network and the Federalist Society to ready for another potential hard confirmation battle, Politico reports in an article relying on unnamed sources.


The White House 'is taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process, ' a source told the publication.

"They're doing it very quietly, of course, because the idea is not to be opportunistic, but just to be prepared so we aren't caught flat-footed", the source said. If Ginsburg steps down as one of the four liberal justices now serving, President Trump will nearly certainly appoint a conservative replacement, tilting the court further to the Right.

Conservatives hold a 5-4 majority on the court. That change was also needed to confirm Kavanaugh, who faced sexual misconduct allegations that necessitated additional testimony following his initial hearing. As was the case last week, she'll participate in the "consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments", Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in an emailed statement.

Updated at 11:47 a.m.to add details about Ginsburg's diagnosis and plans for next week. In mid-December, she reiterated that vow, telling an audience that she would do the job "as long as I can do it full-steam".

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