Chief Justice John Roberts issued a rare public statement regarding Sen. Chuck Schumer’s ‘threatening’ comments Wednesday; calling the rhetoric “dangerous” and inappropriate.
“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said.
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“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer said.
“For Justice Roberts to follow the right wing’s deliberate misinterpretation of what Sen. Schumer said, while remaining silent when President Trump attacked Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg last week, shows Justice Roberts does not just call balls and strikes,” said Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman.
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BREAKING: John Roberts Sides with Liberal Justices, Upholds Block on Trump’s ‘Asylum Ban’
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with his left-leaning colleagues Friday; upholding a previous ruling that effectively blocked President Trump from cracking down on asylum seekers along the United States’ southern border.
“Chief Justice John Roberts joined his four more liberal colleagues Friday in ruling against the administration in the very case in which President Donald Trump had derided the ‘Obama judge’ who first blocked the asylum policy,” writes the Associated Press.
The 5-4 ruling saw Justice Brett Kavanaugh and three other conservative judges agreeing with the Trump administration.
The court issued no official opinion or explanation of their decision.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
NADLER GOES TOO FAR: Sen. Collins Sends Note to John Roberts, Says ‘Stunned’ by Nadler Accusations
Centrist GOP Senator Susan Collins sent a private letter to Chief Justice John Roberts during the Senate impeachment trial this week; saying she was “stunned” by Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s accusations of a Republican “cover-up” to protect the President.
“Sen. Susan Collins was ‘stunned’ by Rep. Jerry Nadler’s late-night diatribe this week against what he deemed a ‘cover-up’ by Senate Republicans for President Donald Trump — so much so that she wrote a note to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. But the Maine Republican said it will not affect her votes during the Senate’s impeachment trial,” reports Politico.
“It reminded me that if we were in a normal debate in the Senate, that the rule would be invoked to strike the words of the senator for impugning another senator. So I did write a note raising the issue of whether there’d been a violation of the rules,” Collins said. “I gave that note to Laura Dove and shortly thereafter the chief justice did admonish both sides. And I was glad that he did.”
“I’m going to cast my vote regardless of the congressman’s performance,” Collins said. “His negative comments about the Senate will not have any impact.”
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