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RBG: I’ve Got ‘At Least Five More Years’ on the Bench

"My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have about at least five more years," she said.

By NTK Staff | 07.30.2018 @4:15pm
RBG: I’ve Got ‘At Least Five More Years’ on the Bench

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that she intends to serve at least five more years on the Supreme Court on Sunday, according to CNN. If she holds to that promise, President Trump might have a chance to nominate a third justice to the Supreme Court, if he wins a second term.

“I’m now 85,” Ginsburg said. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so I think I have about at least five more years.”

If Ginsburg sticks to the minimum, that would mean she would retire sometime in 2023, which would be during Trump’s second term as president if he’s reelected in 2020.

Senate Democrats could attempt to block Trump’s nominee, citing how Senate Republicans blocked former President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, in 2016 after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Senate Republicans cited the Biden rule as their reason for blocking the nomination of Garland in 2016. In 1992 then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) argued that the Senate should “delay any prospective Supreme Court pick until after then-President George H.W. Bush’s ultimately unsuccessful reelection bid.”

However, as 2023 will not be a presidential election year, the Biden rule would not apply.

This announcement by Ginsburg will undoubtable play a role in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, as the winner will most likely get to nominate Ginsburg’s replacement.

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