Ginsburg has been absent from Supreme Court arguments this week following the removal of two malignant cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.
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. The justice, who was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, announced in late December that she underwent a surgical procedure to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs. -Politico
According to a source familiar with the discussions, the 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.”
The Supreme Court announced that Ginsburg had a pulmonary lobectomy, and that there was “no evidence of any remaining disease” post surgery. That said, her absence from the bench for the first time in more than 25 years is notable. The oldest Supreme Court Justice has battled cancer twice in the past, oncein 1999 and then in 2009 when she underwentsurgery for pancreatic cancer – neither of which kept her away from court.
On Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts said that she was “unable to be present” but would participate in oral arguments by reading briefs, filings and a transcript of the session.
Ginsburg’s departure from the Court would pave the way for Trump to nominate a third Supreme Court Justice – the most in one presidential term since Ronald Reagan nominated three judges during his second term, notes Politico.
The nine-member court is currently divided 5-4 between its conservative and liberal wings. Ginsburg’s departure would allow Trump to create the Court’s strongest conservative majority in decades, a scenario sure to bring intense opposition from Democrats and liberal activists still furious over the October confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. -Politico
“It would be a brutal confirmation,” said the Heritage Foundation’s John Malcom, who heads up the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. “The first two were not easy at all, but this would be much harder in this respect: When Neil Gorsuch was the nominee, you were replacing a conservative with a conservative. With Kavanaugh, you were replacing the perennial swing voter, who more times than not sided with the so-called conservative wing, so that slightly solidified the conservative wing.”
“But if you are replacing Justice Ginsburg with a Trump appointee, that would be akin to replacing Thurgood Marshall with Clarence Thomas,” said Malcom. “It would mark a large shift in the direction of the court.”
The White House is urging outside allies to be prepared for another bruising confirmation battle should Ginsberg’s health take a sudden turn for the worse, according to four sources with knowledge of the overtures. Outside groups, led by the Federalist Society and the Judicial Crisis Network, played a leading role in helping to confirm Kavanaugh and, before that, Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The groups have advised the Trump team on everything from potential nominees to political and media strategy, producing television advertisements and blitzing reporters with supportive messaging. Together, the conservative groups spent over $7 million on ads supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination. -Politico
Supreme Court appointments are for life, and replacements can only occur upon the death or retirement of a judge. If a judge cannot perform their duties, Congress has the option to impeach. In December, the vehemently anti-Trump- Ginsburg told an audience that she “will do this job as long as I can do it full steam.”
During the heat of the 2016 US election, Ginsburg made shockwaves when she told the New York Times that should President Trump become President, it would be time to move to New Zealand, stating “I can’t imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president,” adding “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
The comments led many to suggest Ginsburg would need to recuse herself from any decisions involving Trump, with even the Washington Post noting that some “wondered what impact this might have on Ginsburg’s decision to hear cases involving Trump. – If there’s a redo of Bush v. Gore, how does Ginsburg not recuse herself, given her Trump comments?”
Trump fired back, telling The Times “I think it’s highly inappropriate that a United States Supreme Court judge gets involved in a political campaign, frankly.”
He also tweeted: “Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!”
Supreme Court gives no indication when Ruth Bader Ginsburg might return
The Supreme Court has given no indication when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might return to the bench, as she missed her third straight day of oral arguments on Wednesday while recuperating from cancer surgery.
Her absences this week from oral arguments were her first since joining the court in 1993, stirring speculation about her recovery.
Chief Justice John Roberts announced from the bench that Ginsburg is continuing to participate from home. This is not unprecedented, as the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist also participated and even authored several opinions while undergoing cancer treatment from 2004-2005.
But all eyes will be on the court when public sessions resume Monday for indications of Ginsburg’s status. A court spokesperson said there has yet to be a date decided for when she will return to the bench. The 85-year-old justice underwent lung surgery in New York City last month to remove cancerous growths, and is continuing to recuperate.
The discovery came incidentally during tests after she fractured several ribs during a fall in November. A court statement said both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant, but scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. No further treatment was planned.
Ginsburg has dealt with a series of health concerns in recent years. She broke two ribs in 2012, and previously battled two bouts of cancer, in 1999 and 2009. She also had a stent implanted in her heart to open a blocked artery in 2014.
The Columbia Law School-educated justice was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 to replace retiring Justice Byron R. White. Ginsburg was Clinton’s first Supreme Court pick.
Prior to ascending to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg became the first woman to receive tenure at Columbia University Law School and is also the co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project.
Ginsburg is the oldest member on the Supreme Court, and her retirement has been a topic of great speculation. However, she reportedly hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to leave soon.
In case you missed it, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery to remove two cancerous growths on her left lung last month. Today, the 85-year-old is missing arguments for the first time in more than two decades as she continues to recover at home. With our beloved RBG MIA, we can’t help but wonder how soon the women’s rights trailblazer will bounce back.
Here’s what we know so far: According to the Associated Press, Ginsburg received a pulmonary lobectomy at New York City’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on December 21. During that procedure, two separate clusters of cancerous cells (aka nodules) were removed from the lower lobe of RBG’s left lung.
“A lobe is one of the functional components of the lung, and a lobectomy means removing one of those lobes,” explains Daniel Raymond, MD, a thoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic.
The procedure essentially removes one-half to one-third of the lung. While there’s no regeneration of the lung tissue that’s removed, the upper portion of the lung helps to compensate.
“You do lose some capacity, but there are people who still run marathons after lobectomies,” says Raja Flores, MD, chair of thoracic surgery for Mount Sinai Health System and director of the thoracic surgical oncology program at the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai. (Honestly, we wouldn’t even be that surprised if RBG managed to crush 26.2 miles post-op.)
Regarding RBG’s notable absence from the bench today, Dr. Flores says it is no cause for alarm: Recovering from a pulmonary lobectomy takes time. “I see patients take anywhere from a few weeks to three months off from work [after this procedure],” says Dr. Flores. “Ginsburg is only on day 17 post-operation, not to mention she is 85 years old and just recently had ribs broken by a fall on top of all that.”
Pulmonary lobectomy patients are typically trained to practice deep breathing and coughing exercises to help the lungs re-expand post-operation. Some may also need oxygen while they recover in the hospital. Dr. Raymond says atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeats, can also present post-operation, but “it’s usually caused by an underlying heart disease,” and we all know RBG is all about her cardio.
For most patients, the main hurdle post-pulmonary lobectomy is the pain due to incisions and manipulations between the ribs, says Dr. Flores. “When you’re in pain, it can feel difficult to take a big, deep breath in, and it’s also harder to speak,” he explains. “I’m sure Justice Ginsburg is able to speak, but is she able to project? That may be more difficult.”
Also difficult: The fact that this is RBG’s third cancer diagnosis. In 1999, the Justice was treated for colon cancer. Then, in 2009, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Now, two malignant growths on her left lung. What exactly does this mean?
“We would need the specifics of her current case to say how these growths will affect her long-term,” notes Dr. Flores. In other words, a pathology report would need to confirm whether the nodules found on her left lung are metastatic from one of her prior cancers or are a result of primary lung cancer that started in the lungs, not elsewhere in the body. SThis article was sourced from InfoWars This article was sourced from Fox News This article was sourced from Health.com