With the Trump White House doing it all it can to keep the president afloat while buffeted by multiple investigations that could lead to impeachment, aides to the president are also creating battle plans to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should she have to step down for health reasons.
Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week, but she will participate through briefs and transcripts.
If Ginsburg, one of the court's four liberal members, were unable to continue serving, Trump could replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right.
But her recent health scares have prompted White House officials to begin planning for her possible departure, according to multiple media outlets.
With Justice Brett Kavanaugh replacing swing voter Anthony Kennedy late past year, the Supreme Court now has a 5-4 conservative majority.
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Ginsburg's absence from the bench has left supporters particularly concerned, as she bounced back fairly quickly from previous cancer surgeries in 1999 and 2009. Earlier this week, she missed oral arguments for two days at the Supreme Court, the first time she has missed courtroom arguments in her 25 years on the court.
According to the court spokesperson, RBG will miss next week's oral arguments but will return to the bench soon thereafter. The pulmonary lobectomy was performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY. There is no question the president would replace the left-leaning Ginsburg with a solid conservative, which would swing the court to a 6-3 conservative majority, a thought that horrifies the left.
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.
Cancer surgeons have said, though, that several weeks of recovery is perfectly normal for the procedure.
Trump tweeted his well-wishes to her in December.
"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. In 2013, she told the New York Times, "As long as I can do the job full steam, and that, at my age, is not predictable". The key liberal justice returned to the court shortly after the fall that fractured three of her ribs last November.