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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ‘I have about at least five more years’ in SCOTUS

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday said she hopes to remain on the
Supreme Court until she’s 90.

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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday signaled she
    hopes to stay in the Supreme Court for at least another five
    years.
  • “I have about at least five more years,” Ginsburg
    said. 
  • Ginsburg, who was appointed by former President Bill
    Clinton in 1993, was the second woman in US history to sit on
    the Supreme Court. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday signaled she hopes to stay
in the Supreme Court for at least another five years, according
to CNN.

Such a timeline hints she is prepared to wait out at least one
term of President Donald Trump’s tenure in office.

Ginsburg, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in
1993, is the second woman in US history to sit on the Supreme
Court. 

“I’m now 85. My senior colleague, Justice John Paul
Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at
least five more years,”
Ginsburg said
in New York after a production of “The
Originalist,” a play about Justice Antonin Scalia, who died
in February 2016. 

Despite holding decidedly different political views,
Ginsburg and Scalia were close friends.

The
octogenarian Supreme Court justice reiterated her admiration for
Scalia on Sunday. 

“If I had my choice of dissenters when I was writing for
the court, it would be Justice Scalia,” Ginsburg said, adding
that their debates felt like a “ping-pong game” that played a key
role in helping her formulate her arguments. 

Following Scalia’s passing, former President Barack Obama
nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill his seat. Republicans in
Congress refused to hold a confirmation hearing for Garland,
however, and his nomination was ultimately blocked. 

Scalia’s seat was eventually filled by Justice Neil
Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump. 

More recently, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his plans
to retire, prompting Trump to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Senate Democrats are now working diligently to
derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation

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