"Her recovery from surgery is on track".
Ginsburg, 85, had surgery in Manhattan on December 21 to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung and was released on Christmas Day.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "RBG", will not return to the Supreme Court next week after missing oral arguments over the past three days. As a result, Politico reports the White House is apparently telling allies to prepare themselves for the possibility she could retire.
If Ginsburg, who will turn 86 in March, is unable to return to the bench, President Donald Trump would have the chance to nominate a third Supreme Court justice to the highest US court.
After the knock-down, drag-out confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh almost tore the nation asunder, the White House and Senate are preparing for another, potentially even more divisive, showdown. She was released from the hospital in NY four days later and has been recuperating at home since then.
Cancer surgeons have said, though, that several weeks of recovery is perfectly normal for the procedure. "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required", the Court released Friday afternoon.
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", said a source familiar with those conversations, who spoke on background given the delicate nature of the subject. Senate Republicans had to change rules in order to eliminate the filibuster, allowing Supreme Court justices to be confirmed with a simple majority of Senate support. Many of them are women, sources say.
Though unconfirmed, speculation intensified further still when a handful of verified conservative Twitter accounts began reporting murmurs that an announcement about Ginsburg's retirement could come as soon as today. When commenting on her former fellow Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens serving on the court until he was 90 years old, Ginsburg said, "H$3 e stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have about at least five more years".