“The announcement bucks ongoing speculation that Ginsburg, 84, is nearing retirement: Typically, justices planning on stepping down don’t hire all of their clerks for the upcoming term. Ginsburg’s include Alyssa Barnard, a Columbia Law graduate; Harvard Law grads Marco Basile and Susan Pelletier; and Stanford Law grad Michael Qian.
Ginsburg’s resignation would of course be a political gift to Trump, who’s so eager to fill an empty Supreme Court seat that he’s released the names of potential nomineesfor a vacancy that doesn’t yet exist. Trump is particularly eager to see the end of Ginsburg’s tenure ever since the self-proclaimed “flaming feminist litigator” spoke out against him during his 2016 presidential campaign.”
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