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Barr says Ginsburg 'leaves a towering legacy'

Barr says Ginsburg 'leaves a towering legacy'
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Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Steele dossier source insists he is not Russian agent: 'It's slander' Voting rights group files suit against Trump, administration officials alleging voter intimidation MORE on Friday offered sympathies in the wake Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Mitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE’s death, describing her as an inspiration to women who leaves a “towering legacy.”

“On behalf of the Department of Justice, I extend my deepest sympathy on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Justice Ginsburg led one of the great lives in the history of American law,” Barr said in a statement Friday evening. “She was a brilliant and successful litigator, an admired court of appeals judge, and a profoundly influential Supreme Court Justice.”

“For all her achievements in those roles, she will perhaps be remembered most for inspiring women in the legal profession and beyond,” Barr continued. “She and I did not agree on every issue, but her legal ability, personal integrity, and determination were beyond doubt.  She leaves a towering legacy, and all who seek justice mourn her loss.”

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The Supreme Court said Friday evening that Ginsburg died surrounded by members of her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 87.

Ginsburg was nominated for the high court by then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson Clinton'Democrat-run cities' fuel the economy, keep many red states afloat Late-night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study A closing argument: Why voters cannot trust Trump on healthcare MORE in 1993, and she became a trailblazer for women’s rights and a leader of the court’s liberal justices.

Ginsburg’s death comes less than two months before the November presidential election, and immediately triggered questions about President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE’s plans to put forth a nominee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid MORE (R-Ky.) said in a statement that Republicans would move to fill the vacancy.