Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced the following Thursday afternoon:
The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Supreme Court Justice, will retire from the Court on June 30, 2020. She will then not serve on the Court, but continue to serve as a member of the high court and will receive an interrelated annuity. She will be honored with the Most Eligible Bachelor Award, with the highest honor given by the Council of SCOTUS. The Honorable Thomas M. Roberts will accept the honor.
Senate Democrats made reference to the aforementioned 2015 election. They stated that this year President Trump would use their own win to revoke Ginsburg’s honor and serve as president.The status of Ginsburg’s impeachment was also discussed during Thursday’s press conference. The question from Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Politics, was: As chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will anyone in the Democratic party ever try to prevent Trump from reading from Ginsburg’s obituary or honoring the justice with the Most Eligible Bachelor award? That question has now reportedly been answered by a tweet from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: My staff has gotten into the habit of not sending telegrams, as a matter of practice…but they do read from her obituary. — Mitch McConnell (@MitchMcConnell) September 15, 2017 Adding some anger to this conference call, McConnell’s former press secretary, Dana Perino, challenged Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid: Mr. McConnell should learn from his mentors… if he has any idea what it’s like to be invited to a dinner he should get down on a chair and say, “Thanks for the civility, Harry” or perhaps “Go back to the Senate.” — Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) September 15, 2017 Reid did not back down in light of this criticism. He said:
“It’s certainly as if they have been silent, as if nothing has happened. Well you’re supposed to give it back,” Reid said on Fox & Friends. “Let them campaign, OK? But you’re supposed to offer an apology. And the apology he offers is not even remorseful.”Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reiterates his belief that if Harry Reid did not hear an apology from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for “silence” with respect to Gina Scalia, he would respond if she asked to speak pic.twitter.com/WdtByBfu5V — Ed Henry (@edhenryCNN) September 15, 2017
GOP Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also said that McConnell’s decision to not confirm Justice Ginsburg in 2017, when she would have been 71 years old, violates Senate protocol, per CNN.
On the other hand, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that he would not “prevent any senator from interviewing Ginsburg.”
The issue of who will serve as a substitute justice after Ginsburg’s passing may force a confirmation fight. The U.S. Senate has often been absent in these sorts of vacancies in recent years.
CNN’s reporting states that this year is potentially the first since 1968 without a court nominee to be confirmed. So, from a writing perspective, this is somewhat disheartening.
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