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. Ginsburg was discharged from a NY hospital on Christmas day after having two cancerous growths removed from her left lung.
Ginsburg was released from the hospital about two weeks ago, according to the court, following the surgery earlier last month.
Speaking of her retirement, Ginsburg has also said that like her colleague, former Justice Paul Stevens, she would like to continue on the court until she turns 90.
"Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required", she said.
Now, after 25 years on the bench, Ginsburg has brought that streak to an end, missing oral arguments for the first time on Monday.
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President Donald Trump speaks to media before departing the White House en route to the U.S. -Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, on January 10, 2019.
According to the court spokesperson, RBG will miss next week's oral arguments but will return to the bench soon thereafter.
Fox News reports that two doctors with experience in performing pulmonary lobectomies said that Ginsburg should recover within six-to-eight weeks given her age and the type of procedure she underwent. The pulmonary lobectomy was performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY. She was released from the hospital in NY four days later and has been recuperating at home since then.
"Roe, I believe, would have been more acceptable as a judicial decision if it had not gone beyond a ruling on the extreme statute before the court", she wrote in the North Carolina Law Review.
"I wouldn't say she's exactly on my side, but I wish her well I hope she gets better and I hope she serves on the Supreme Court for many years", Trump added.
Her absence this week has raised questions about whether she would continue on the court.
The necklace reportedly landed in Ginsburg's famous collar collection after she received it in the VIP gift bag at Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" gala that year.