John Roberts chastises Trump for criticism of judge who blocked asylum order

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But Trump's comments on Tuesday apparently were too much. Roberts spoke out Wednesday, and his rare and extraordinary statement immediately seized national attention.

Roberts, in a statement to The Associated Press earlier Wednesday, had pushed back against Trump's description, saying the country doesn't have "Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges".

In a rare and public rebuke of President Trump, Justice Roberts made a decision to gaslight the American public by assuring them of an independent judiciary.

Chief Justice John Roberts rebutted President Donald Trump's recent criticism that the recent ruling against the administration's asylum policy on migrants was issued by an "Obama judge".

"Donald Trump pardoned one turkey, the other one is co-operating with the Robert Mueller probe", goes a joke on Twitter summing up the jittery White House mood ahead of the big Thanksgiving holiday when turkeys are carved up across America's dinner tables and Donald Trump hit another low by wading into an extraordinary spat with the sitting U.S. chief justice John Roberts who tore into Trump for implying a federal judge appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama was partisan.

The president went on to say about the asylum ruling: "This was an Obama judge".

He continued: "It would be great if the 9th Circuit was indeed an 'independent judiciary, ' but if it is why.are so many opposing view (on Border and Safety) cases filed there, and why are a vast number of those cases overturned". However, as Trump himself noted when he referred to Judge Tigar as an Obama judge, litigants flock to the Ninth Circuit when they want to challenge his policies.


Courts "are supposed to be the inferior branch", he said, criticizing the Supreme Court's power to review legislative and executive acts and declare them unconstitutional, a bedrock principle of American government.

Trump has previously ripped other members of the Ninth Circuit bench, calling Judge James Robart a "so-called judge" for ruling against his travel ban in 2017.

The Chief Justice rejected Trump's characterization. Presidents nominate federal judges and the Senate confirms them. The 9th Circuit is by far the largest of the federal appellate courts, covering Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

"In a continued spate of tweets, the President later referenced Fox News reporting as part of his justification, "'79% of these decisions have been overturned in the 9th Circuit.' @FoxNews A awful, costly and unsafe disgrace.

Judge Tigar was appointed by Democrat Barack Obama. Some Republicans in 9th Circuit states have proposed splitting the circuit in two, but legislation has not advanced.

Roberts, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, is likely to hold the court's most important vote in the coming years.

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