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WASHINGTON, DC – National networks and pundits are breathlessly repeating rumors that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will imminently be leaving the Supreme Court and that the White House is preparing for an all-out confirmation war. But parts of those reports are definitely false, and the rest may be false as well.
Ginsburg had surgery on December 21 to remove cancerous nodules from one of her lungs. The cancer was discovered when doctors were treating her for broken ribs that she suffered as a result of a fall in her chambers.
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This week she is still recovering at home from the surgery and thus missed oral arguments at the Court. She read the legal briefs and transcripts of this week’s cases, however, and will participate in those decisions.
Politico‘s Eliana Johnson and Gabby Orr then reported that they had heard from sources that the White House was preparing for Ginsburg’s imminent departure from the Court and working with key external allies for an all-out war for the confirmation of whichever conservative judge President Donald Trump picks to replace the iconic liberal of the Supreme Court.
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Other outlets and pundits are repeating Politico’s story.
The problem is that one of the three claims in the story is completely false, and the other two claims are likely false as well.
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Breitbart News spoke with key White House and Senate Judiciary Committee staff. While they routinely update their plans on potential Supreme Court vacancies because they should always be prepared for the unexpected, there is no urgent work going on for an imminent Supreme Court vacancy — on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Additionally, Breitbart News spoke with several of the White House’s key allies on judicial confirmations — leaders who are close to the president, consult directly with the White House, and would be essential for confirming a Supreme Court...
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