Friday, 18 January, 2019

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

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Melinda Barton | 11 January, 2019, 22:26

Dr. Robert Miller, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said he did not think it was "alarming" Ginsburg was not back at work three weeks after surgery but that he would be concerned "if her activity level does not improve over the next few weeks".

Just before Christmas, Justice Ginsburg had a pulmonary lobectomy to remove two cancerous nodules from her lungs.

"Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments".

The White House reportedly began quiet preparations for a possible replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she missed oral arguments this week.

"The White House is urging outside allies to be prepared for another bruising confirmation battle should Ginsberg's health take a sudden turn for the worse, according to four sources with knowledge of the overtures", Politico reports.

Ginsburg was released from the hospital about two weeks ago, according to the court, following the surgery earlier last month. Ginsburg is a left-wing jurist who has notoriously ruled for abortion and against employers' conscience rights, as well as for same-sex "marriage" despite calls to recuse herself on the issue because she's personally officiated several such "weddings". "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required", Arberg said.

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 Politico anonymously.

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were both confirmed to the Supreme Court, although not without controversy.

Dubbed the "Notorious RBG", Ginsburg marked 25 years on bench last year since her appointment to the court in 1993.

A short list of potential nominees is being drafted by the White House counsel's office and the Senate Judiciary Committee's new chairman, Republican Sen.

Politico said numerous prospective nominees to replace Ginsburg were women, which theoretically would derail the likelihood of sexual-assault claims such as those faced by Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh.

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