Ginsburg's Recovery Is 'On Track,' 'No Further Treatment Required'

Popcorn with Peter Travers at ABC News studios in New York City Dec. 13 2018

Popcorn with Peter Travers at ABC News studios in New York City Dec. 13 2018

In December, following her cancer surgery, Trump tweeted: 'Wishing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery!'

Ginsburg, who took the unprecedented step of attacking Trump as a candidate, is unlikely to step down willingly, even if incapacitated, meaning the seat would become open only upon her death.

"Her recovery from surgery is on track", said court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg, according to CNBC.

After her pulmonary lobectomy, her doctor said that there was "no evidence of any remaining disease". On Dec. 21, the Supreme Court press office reported that the surgery had been successful, and the nodules had been removed.

Bucking a long tradition in which members of the opposition party avoided partisan fights over Supreme Court appointments (with only a few prior exceptions from Senate Democrats), both of Trump's replacements-Neil Gorsuch for the conservative Antonin Scalia, and Kavanaugh for the moderate Anthony Kennedy-were near party-line votes.

The behind-the-scenes movement began Monday when the 85-year-old Justice missed opening arguments for the first time in 25 years on the bench.

Ginsburg's health troubles have been met by significant concern from liberals, who recognize that if she retires and Trump picks a conservative to replace her, it would mark a significant generational shift to the right for the court.

Meanwhile, the White House is reportedly preparing for RBG's departure.

Ginsburg was released from the hospital about two weeks ago, according to the court, following the surgery earlier last month.

"They're doing it very quietly, of course, because the idea is not to be opportunistic, but just to be prepared so we aren't caught flat-footed", said one insider. Senate Republicans had to change rules in order to eliminate the filibuster, allowing Supreme Court justices to be confirmed with a simple majority of Senate support.

Updated at 11:47 a.m.to add details about Ginsburg's diagnosis and plans for next week.

"Roe, I believe, would have been more acceptable as a judicial decision if it had not gone beyond a ruling on the extreme statute before the court", she wrote in the North Carolina Law Review.

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