Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgNo, Justice Ginsburg, we don't need a constitutional amendment to protect equal rights for women New two-story mural of Ruth Bader Ginsburg unveiled in DC Supreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration MORE defended conservative Justices Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Kavanaugh book authors dismayed about Democrats 'rush to judgment' on impeachment calls Clinton celebrates first visibly pregnant CEO to be on business magazine cover MORE and Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchJustice Gorsuch is wrong — 'originalist' judges make stuff up too Supreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Gorsuch: 'We're not nine robots, we're nine judges' MORE as “very decent and very smart.”

"I can say that my two newest colleagues are very decent and very smart individuals," she said Wednesday at an event in Washington, D.C., according to CNN.


Ginsburg’s comments come amid concerns that if she were to die or to retire from the bench, a spot would open up on the nine-member court for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE to appoint a third conservative justice and push the ideological balance further to the right.

In an interview with NPR on Tuesday, the 86-year-old justice refuted those concerns, saying she's "very much alive."

Ginsburg is one of the court’s four liberal-leaning justices and has served on the bench since 1993. Earlier this month, she praised Kavanaugh for his entirely female staff as a “very important first.”

"There is a very important first on the Supreme Court this term, and it's thanks to our new justice, Justice Kavanaugh, whose entire staff is all women. All of his law clerks are women," Ginsburg said at an event held by Georgetown Law, CNN reports.

She added: “And with his four women as law clerks, it's the first time in the history of the United States that there have been more women clerking at the court than men."

Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment, was sworn in in April 2017, while Kavanaugh — who replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s swing vote — was sworn in on Oct. 6 after a controversial confirmation process centered on multiple sexual assault allegations.

Kavanaugh recently came under fire for appointing the daughter of Yale law professor and self-branded “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, who publicly supported Kavanaugh’s nomination, to a clerkship in his office.