Justice Ginsburg Says She Won’t Step Down This Year: ‘After That, Who Knows?’

In a wide-ranging profile published in the latest issue of The New Yorker, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed when her time on the bench may draw to a close.

Ginsburg, a survivor of pancreatic cancer who will turn 80 this month, conceded that the party of the person in the White House is a factor that influences when justices opt to step down.

“I think it is for all of us,” Ginsburg, a member of the court’s liberal wing who was nominated by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, told The New Yorker‘s Jeffrey Toobin.

But Ginsburg said she has every intention to stay on “as long as I can do the job full steam.”

“There will come a point when I — It’s not this year. You can never tell when you’re my age,” Ginsburg said. “But, as long as I think I have the candlepower, I will do it. And I figure next year for certain. After that, who knows?”

Read the entire profile here.

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