Justice Ginsburg praises media and the role of a free press

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she intends to be on the High Court through 2017, but is leaving open when she might step down.

"I've never seen such a demonstration-both the numbers and the rapport of the people in that crowd. And we look like we are here to stay", she said, noting that anyone who has observed her arguments knows that her colleagues Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan "are not shrinking violets". A few days later, she issued an apology and said the remarks were inappropriate for a judge to make.

"I will do this job as long as I can do it full speed, and when I can't, that'll be the time I will step down", Ginsburg said. Ginsburg also said the United States is not at its best right now because "we are not as mi".

Gorsuch, a conservative federal judge on the Colorado-based Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, was tapped by Trump earlier this month to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death past year.

"That was a terrible mistake", she said. "It was orderly", Ginsburg said.

"A great man once said that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle. That story might never have come out if we didn't have the free press", Ginsburg said, referring to the scandal that led to former President Richard Nixon's ouster. She then elaborated on the so-called "Ginsburg rule", which some Senate Republicans have cited to justify nominees' reticence when asked about their judicial philosophy.

Ginsburg tells the BBC's "Newsnight" program in an interview Thursday that she reads The Washington Post and The New York Times every day, and that "reporters are trying to tell the public the truth". Today she shared thoughts about her life, the law and the state of the country at an event highlighting her new book, "My Own Words", a collection of her speeches and writings spanning 70 years.

Separately, in an interview with the U.K.'s BBC Television, Ginsburg said the US isn't "experiencing the best of times".

Ginsburg told the BBC she is optimistic about the future and America's ability to change direction.

  • Leroy Wright