White House quietly preparing for possible departure of Justice Ginsburg

Hugh Fox
January 12, 2019

The Trump administration is already searching for someone to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - and his supporters are jubilant about the possibilities.

While doctors have said that Ginsburg's recovery time would be "normal" for the procedure she underwent, the 85-year-old's third struggle with cancer comes at a critical time for the Supreme Court. "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required", Arberg added.

Sources confirmed to Fox News that the White House has quietly reached out to a small number of GOP lawmakers and conservative legal advocates, reassuring them it would be ready for any court vacancy.

According to a report at Politico, an official at the conservative Heritage Foundation - which is expected to highly influence Trump's next pick - said replacing the liberal Ginsburg is going to lead to a brutal fight. Today, Supreme Court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg announced that the beloved jurist, and the person many Americans have pinned their last remaining hope to, has beaten cancer once again after surgery for two malignant lymph nodes last month. She was released from the hospital in NY four days later and has been recuperating at home since then. During both episodes, Ginsburg did not miss a single oral argument.

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The Supreme Court's Public Information Office announced on December 21 that Ginsburg "underwent a pulmonary lobectomy" in New York City.

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. 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".

"Her recovery from surgery is on track".

Ginsburg showed off her collection of collars from around the world that she pairs with her judicial robes in the documentary "RBG".

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The nodules were found after Ginsburg fell, breaking three ribs, in November. The justices will next be on the bench on February 19, when they are due to hear a contentious case arising from President Donald Trump's administration's decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census.

The White House is even working on a short-list of possible nominees to replace Ginsburg, who broke her 25-year streak when she began missing oral arguments on Monday.

Ginsburg missed three days of arguments this week, the first time that's happened since she joined the court in 1993.

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