What if Ruth Bader Ginsburg Retires During the Senate Trial?

Columns | 1/20/2020 | Matt Margolis
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Democrats know that Trump won’t be convicted in the U.S. Senate. Yet, we’ve seen them push for a fight over witnesses that could very easily extend the trial longer than necessary at a time they really don’t want to be pulling their candidates off the campaign trail. So, what’s their strategy exactly? Is it about pulling their radical and less electable senators away from early voting states and clearing the way for the supposedly more electable Joe Biden to get the advantage?

But, if the Democrats insist on a whole slate of witnesses, the possibility of Republicans calling Hunter Biden, and perhaps Joe Biden, are very real possibilities, too.


Perhaps there something else going on.

It has been speculated that impeachment is really about blocking Trump from getting another Supreme Court justice. Mark Levin presented this theory in December, telling the story of his neighbor who believes Democrats are hoping the impeachment “black mark” will cripple Trump’s ability to fill another vacancy. The most likely scenario is a vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has been battling cancer. “‘And should she have to leave the bench, by hook or by crook, they want to be able to say that not only will we not allow this president or, for that matter, any Supreme Court Justice in the remaining—whatever number of months—of his presidency, but we will never allow an impeached president to appoint anybody else to the Supreme Court, whether he wins reelection or not.'"

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Kamala Harris virtually confirmed last week that impeachment is about blocking Trump from filling vacancies in the judiciary, so it’s quite clear that the issue of judges and justices is a part of the Democrats’ thinking when it comes to impeachment. But, perhaps there’s something else at play.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent health issues have put Democrats on edge....
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