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There’s Already a Short List for Ginsburg’s Replacement, Should She Depart Supreme Court

Politico claims it has a list of names, formulated by the White House and Senate Judiciary Committee, should the 85-year-old justice step down.

By NTK Staff | 01.10.2019 @2:24pm
There’s Already a Short List for Ginsburg’s Replacement, Should She Depart Supreme Court

By all accounts, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is recovering from a late-December surgery to treat cancerous growths in her lungs. But the 85-year-old justice missed her first Supreme Court arguments in 25 years earlier this week, and the White House is quietly preparing for a scenario in which Ginsburg decides to step down.

Due to the delicacy of the situation, the White House is quietly “taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process,” according to sources who spoke to Politico.

Per their reporting, here’s an early look at the current short-list as it stands now:

The White House counsel’s office and senior aides on the Senate Judiciary Committee, now chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), have begun drafting a shortlist of potential court nominees. It features judges the president has considered for previous vacancies along with some new names. Many of them are women, sources say.

They include Seventh Circuit judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was a leading contender for the last Supreme Court vacancy, created by Justice Anthony Kennedy; Sixth Circuit judges Joan Larsen, Amul Thapar, and Raymond Kethledge; Eleventh Circuit judge Britt Grant; and Third Circuit judge Thomas Hardiman; and Neomi Rao, Trump’s current nominee for Kavanaugh’s old seat on the D.C. Circuit Court.

In December, Ginsburg told an audience she “will do this job as long as I can do it full steam.” With her absence from the court this week, some may begin to wonder if Ginsburg will call it quits sooner rather than later.

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