Senior White House aides and allies are quietly preparing for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible departure from the Supreme Court in the near future; setting the stage for a potential brutal confirmation battle should she retire.
“The White House is reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups to prepare for an ailing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the Supreme Court — an event that would trigger the second bitter confirmation battle of President Donald Trump’s tenure,” writes Politico.
The behind-the-scenes movement began Monday when the 85-year-old Justice missed opening arguments for the first time in 25 years on the bench. She has yet to return to the Supreme Court.
“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,” said one insider.
Ginsburg is currently working from home while recovering from lung surgery late last year.
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DEVELOPING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has ‘Cancerous Growth’ Removed from Lungs
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a medical procedure in New York City Friday; having “cancerous growths” removed from her lungs at Manhattan’s Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent a lung procedure to remove a cancerous growth on Friday, the Supreme Court said in a release,” reports CNBC.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7,” said the statement.
“Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” added the release.
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DEVELOPING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fall, Fractures 3 Ribs
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday after falling in her office; fracturing three ribs on her left side and requiring immediate medical attention.
According to Fox News, the 85-year-old judge initially went home after falling in her Supreme Court offices but was later taken to George Washington University hospital after experiencing “discomfort.”
“Ginsburg has survived a series of health scares. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012, has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014,” writes Fox.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.