United States, Nov 22 (TNS): The Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, has told President Donald Trump that there are no Obama judges or Trump judges and instead what he calls “an extraordinary group of dedicated judges”.
That’s a view countered by the president himself, who says there are indeed “Obama judges” as he originally asserted in remarks critical of a federal judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy.
Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have “Obama judges,” and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country. It would be great if the 9th Circuit was indeed an “independent judiciary,” but if it is why……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018
The back-and-forth represents an extraordinary public dispute over judicial independence.
It’s highly unusual for a president to single out judges for personal criticism.
But it’s unprecedented in modern history for a chief justice to challenge a president’s comments.
Roberts and several of his Supreme Court colleagues have rebutted perceptions of the court as a political institution divided between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats.