The famously resilient justice survived colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009 and over the summer said she planned to serve "at least five more years" on the court. Doctors said they found no "evidence of any remaining disease". Furthermore, Trump's nomination would potentially allow for another conservative to join the court, sparking another uproar from liberals similar to Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination. "She's barely two weeks out", Dr. Raja Flores, chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, told CNBC. If Ginsburg steps down as one of the four liberal justices now serving, President Trump will nearly certainly appoint a conservative replacement, tilting the court further to the Right. It's not clear whether she will be able to participate next Monday, when another round of oral arguments is set to begin.
Although Republicans netted three Senate pickups in the recent midterm election, giving them a 54-vote majority, the fact that Ginsburg's successor would likely be her ideological opposite-effectively picking up a seat-hearkens back, once again, to the last big confirmation battle of the pre-Trump era. But should Ginsburg retire during Trump's presidency, Trump will have the opportunity to fill a liberal justice's spot with another conservative - thus making the ideological balance 6-3. On Dec. 21, the Supreme Court press office reported that the surgery had been successful, and the nodules had been removed.
Meanwhile, the White House is reportedly preparing for RBG's departure. "But I'm confident she's not going anywhere".
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Agree with her judicial philosophy or not, nobody can deny that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one tough lady.
Her absence comes as the court is considering whether to take up several controversial issues including the administration's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and its ban that blocks most transgender individuals from serving in the military.
Ginsburg graduated from Columbia Law School.
Ginsburg, 85, showed the necklace to Katie Couric in a 2014 interview and told her she had deemed it her dissenting collar because, "It looks fitting for dissents".