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Report: Obama once tried to persuade Ginsburg to retire before crucial election, but she refused

Added 09-26-20 03:17:02pm EST - “Turns out, Obama was right to worry” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Report: Obama once tried to persuade Ginsburg to retire before crucial election, but she refused”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former President Barack Obama attempted to persuade Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire prior to his presidential tenure ending, according to a new report.

The New York Times reported that Obama privately met with Ginsburg in July 2013 in an effort to curry favor with the Supreme Court justice, with the hopes of setting the foundation to Ginsburg's retirement.

Securing Ginsburg's retirement would have allowed Obama to appoint his third Supreme Court justice, a likely left-leaning jurist who would have sat on the court for decades.

Unfortunately for Democrats, Obama's political instincts were correct. Democrats lost their Senate majority in the 2014 midterm election, preventing Obama from filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's sudden death in February 2016. That electoral loss, coupled with Ginsburg's refusal to retire, means Obama's legacy on the federal judiciary will be overshadowed by Trump's.

In fact, Trump has already had two Supreme Court nominees confirmed to the high court, and he is widely expected to announce his third nominee on Saturday: Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

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