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.
After her pulmonary lobectomy, her doctor said that there was "no evidence of any remaining disease". Ginsburg was discharged from a NY hospital on Christmas day after having two cancerous growths removed from her left lung.
While odds for a recovery from the surgery she had are good, they go way up if the subsequent pathology report shows no cancer in the lymph nodes. She previously was a Michigan Supreme Court justice and a University of Michigan law professor. "According to the thoracic surgeon Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation".
With Ginsburg missing oral argument for the first time since her 1993 appointment, Fox adds, "Ginsburg's recent absence has stirred speculation on whether she was considering retiring, given her previous comments on the topic".
The outreach began after Ginsburg, 85, on Monday missed oral arguments at the court for the first time in her 25 years on the bench.
Ginsburg, who will turn 86 in March, is recuperating at her Washington, DC, home. The key liberal justice returned to the court shortly after the fall that fractured three of her ribs last November.
According to AP, she underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. Widely viewed as tenaciously willing to hang on with a Republican in the presidency, Ginsburg's own affirmations suggest she may view competency to conduct the court's business as a matter that rivals the court's ideological makeup in importance. In mid-December, she reiterated that vow, telling an audience that she would do the job "as long as I can do it full-steam".
She has become best known for her opinions related to civil rights issues, including the landmark case opening up the Virginia Military Institute to women.
With Justice Brett Kavanaugh replacing swing voter Anthony Kennedy late past year, the Supreme Court now has a 5-4 conservative majority.
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.
The source described the conversations as very preliminary so the White House is not "unprepared" for a grueling hearing.
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