Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 120 law clerks file down the steps of the Supreme Court to meet her casket as she lies in repose for two day public viewing – with Trump to pay his respects tomorrow
- The coffin of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrived at the Supreme Court Wednesday morning where she will lie in repose for two days
- Her flag-draped coffin was carried up court stairs as 120 of former law clerks formed an honor guard
- President Donald Trump will visit on Thursday to pay his respects
- Thousands are expected to pay tribute to Ginsburg during public viewing
- ‘Ruth is gone and we grieve,’ Chief Justice John Roberts said in his eulogy
- Trump said he will announce his replacement for Ginsburg at 5 pm on Saturday
- ‘I’m getting very close to having a final decision made, very close,’ Trump said
- Judge Amy Coney Barrett is reported to be at the top of his short list with Judge Barbara Lagoa in second
- Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell would not promise a vote on Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court before the election
PUBLISHED: 09:35 EDT, 23 September 2020 | UPDATED: 11:08 EDT, 23 September 2020
The remains of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrived at the Supreme Court Wednesday morning where she will lie in repose for two days at the place she served for 27 years.
President Donald Trump will join the thousands of expected mourners when he pays his respects with a Thursday visit.
‘The President will pay his respects to the late justice on Thursday at the U.S. Supreme Court where she will be lying in repose,’ White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.
Thousands are expected at the Supreme Court building on Wednesday and Thursday when Ginsburg’s coffin lies on the front steps for public viewing, to pay tribute to the woman who became a cultural icon.
Ginsburg’s casket, draped in the American flag, was carried up the court steps and into the building on Wednesday morning for a ceremony with her family, former law clerks and fellow justices.
‘Ruth is gone and we grieve,’ Chief Justice John Roberts said in his eulogy. ‘Of course, she will live on in what she did to improve the law and the lives of all of us.’
Ahead of her casket’s arrival, 120 of her former law clerks lined up in rows down the Supreme Court’s stairs, dressed in black and wearing black face coverings in an image of solemn mourning.
The clerks formed an honor guard as her remains arrived at the building where she served, standing in silence as her coffin was carried up the steps and into the court.
Roberts described Ginsburg’s affect on American law and her inspiration to women, calling her a ‘rock star.’
‘It has been said that Ruth wanted to be an opera virtuoso, but became a rock star instead. But she chose the law, subjected to discrimination in law school and the job market because she was a woman, Ruth would grow to become the leading advocate fighting such discrimination in court. She found her stage r