Trump White House Quietly Preparing For Possible Departure of Justice Ginsburg Following Her Absence From Supreme Court
85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been absent from the Supreme Court all week following a major surgery to remove cancerous tumors from her lungs.
Monday was the first day that she missed oral arguments for reasons other than recusing herself. On Tuesday, she missed Justice Brett Kavanaugh delivering his first opinion in the court.
Although Ginsburg is working from home using transcripts and briefs, her absence from the bench and ill health has the Trump White House quietly planning her imminent departure.
According to sources who spoke to Politico, the Trump 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. 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.”
If a Trump-appointee replaces Ginsburg, this will mark a huge shift in the highest court of the land because Ginsburg, a liberal who was appointed by Bill Clinton, would be replaced by a conservative.
Gorsuch replaced a conservative and Kavanaugh replaced a swing vote Justice — a Ginsburg replacement would be devastating to the Democrats — a devastating impact that will last decades.
Given the brutal attacks and lies from the Dems and the media over Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the Trump White House is reportedly preparing for much worse the third time around.
Supreme Court appointments are pretty much ‘until death do us part’ unless the Justice retires from the court. In the rare even that a justice cannot perform their duties, a Congressional impeachment is an option.
Politico is reporting that many women are being considered to be Trump’s next SCOTUS nominee:
The White House counsel’s office and senior aides on the Senate Judiciary Committee, now chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), have begun drafting a shortlist of potential court nominees. It features judges the president has considered for previous vacancies along with some new names. Many of them are women, sources say.
They include Seventh Circuit judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was a leading contender for the last Supreme Court vacancy, created by Justice Anthony Kennedy; Sixth Circuit judges Joan Larsen, Amul Thapar, and Raymond Kethledge; Eleventh Circuit judge Britt Grant; and Third Circuit judge Thomas Hardiman; and Neomi Rao, Trump’s current nominee for Kavanaugh’s old seat on the D.C. Circuit Court.
Whoever is chosen to be the next SCOTUS nominee to replace liberal Ginsburg better be ready to battle because the Democrats are going to go to war to stop the confirmation.