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As Ginsburg Rests, White House Plans to Replace Her

After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments recently, the White House reportedly began looking for her replacement.

It's no secret that President Trump wants to add another conservative Justice to the High Court. But according to sources, the White House has quietly told political allies to prepare for Ginsburg's death or departure.

Ginsburg, meanwhile, has been working at home since cancer surgery last month. She is expected to recover fully.

Expected to Recover

Ginsburg, 85, survived a cancer scare when doctors removed malignant growths from her lung. It is the third time she has battled cancer.

According to reporter Robert Barnes, she is cancer-free and will continue to work from home. He said she will miss next week's arguments, however.

Meanwhile, the White House moved on the news that Ginsburg missed arguments this week. It was the first time in her career.

The White House counsel's office is preparing a short list of potential nominees. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is also involved.

Short List of Nominees

The short list includes judges who were considered before Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed. They include federal appellate judges:

  • Amy Coney Barrett, Seventh Circuit
  • Joan Larsen, Sixth Circuit
  • Amul Thapar, Sixth Circuit
  • Raymond Kethledge, Sixth Circuit
  • Britt Grant, Eleventh Circuit
  • Thomas Hardiman, Third Circuit

Neomi Rao, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is also on the list. However, she has already been nominated for the DC Circuit after Justice Brett Kavanaugh left for the Supreme Court.

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