White House Preparing for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Departure from Supreme Court

White House Preparing for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Departure from Supreme Court

With the Trump White House doing it all it can to keep the president afloat while buffeted by multiple investigations that could lead to impeachment, aides to the president are also creating battle plans to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should she have to step down for health reasons.

Last month, the Supreme Court's press office said Ginsburg's cancer was discovered in an X-ray after she fractured three ribs in a November 7 fall.

A survivor of two prior cancer surgeries, in 1999 and 2009, Ginsburg had made it a point of pride that she missed no oral arguments during those episodes.

Both removed nodules were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation, but there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Trump has added two justices to the court since becoming president in January 2017.

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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", said a source familiar with those conversations, who spoke on background given the delicate nature of the subject. Senate Republicans had to change rules in order to eliminate the filibuster, allowing Supreme Court justices to be confirmed with a simple majority of Senate support.

In any event, numerous judge names that have been floated so far are women: Amy Coney Barrett, Joan Larsen, Amul Thapar, Raymond Kethledge, Britt Grant; Thomas Hardiman, and Neomi Rao.

(Washington Examiner) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has repeatedly said she will retire when she is no longer able to work "full steam" - a promise that could be put to the test this week - or soon after - with the 85-year-old justice sitting out oral arguments while recovering from cancer surgery.

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