White House quietly preparing for possible departure of Justice Ginsburg

Test coming for Ginsburg's promise to leave if she's not at 'full steam'

Test coming for Ginsburg's promise to leave if she's not at 'full steam'

"Justice Ginsburg is unable to be present today, but will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments", Chief Justice John Roberts said on.

Ginsburg, seen as the liberal pillar of the Supreme Court, is recovering from her third bout with cancer.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says that doctors for Ginsburg confirmed an initial evaluation that found no evidence of remaining cancer following surgery. She plans to work from home next week and will miss one more week of oral arguments.

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.

Despite that, President Trump may already be thinking that a third Supreme Court appointment could be a possibility.

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Ginsburg, 85, had surgery in Manhattan on December 21 to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung and was released on Christmas Day. In 1999, Ginsburg underwent surgery for colorectal cancer, and 10 years later she was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer. But the 85-year-old justice will miss court arguments next week. That said, I'm willing to call it now: she is invincible.

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. "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. She's barely two weeks out", Dr. Raja Flores, chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, told CNBC.

Cruz later quipped, when discussing how to fix the nation's health care system, that Speaker Nancy Pelosi should retire, and then "send her and Ruth Bader Ginsburg on a vacation".

Her absence this week has raised questions about whether she would continue on the court. 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.

No exact timetable has been provided indicating when Ginsburg will return to her duties.

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