Ruther Bader Ginsburg to miss second week on Supreme Court

Nellie Chapman
January 12, 2019

According to Politico, after Ginsburg missed these oral arguments, the White House began to reach out to "political allies and conservative activist groups" in order to begin work on selecting her potential successor. "Her recovery from surgery is on track", Arberg said via statement.

"Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required", she said. The justice, who was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, announced in late December that she underwent a surgical procedure to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows the many different collars she wears with her robes, in her chambers, at the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 17, 2016.

A year ago, the news broke that Ginsburg hired law clerks for at least two court terms, signaling she intends to stay through 2020.

Ginsburg, who took the unprecedented step of attacking Trump as a candidate, is unlikely to step down willingly, even if incapacitated, meaning the seat would become open only upon her death. In fact, then-Chief Justice Rehnquist missed oral arguments in 44 cases, all of the conferences on those cases, and still wrote the majority opinion in four of them. In 2013, she told the New York Times, "As long as I can do the job full steam, and that, at my age, is not predictable".

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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.

Now, after 25 years on the bench, Ginsburg has brought that streak to an end, missing oral arguments for the first time on Monday. It's been just under three weeks since the Notorious RBG went under the knife, so while she's theoretically still got a little more recovery time, the odds are that this beloved workaholic will be back on the bench before you know it.

And her most recent cancer diagnosis was made after she fell down in her office, breaking three ribs, in November.

The source described the conversations as very preliminary so the White House is not "unprepared" for a grueling hearing. Furthermore, Trump's nomination would potentially allow for another conservative to join the court, sparking another uproar from liberals similar to Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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