- President Donald Trump in a tweet on Tuesday said that two liberal justices on the Supreme Court should recuse themselves from cases involving him.
- “Both should recuse themselves on all Trump, or Trump related, matters!” the president tweeted of Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- Trump in recent weeks has launched a series of attacks on a judge presiding over the case of his former adviser Roger Stone, sparking warnings the president is seeking to politicize the justice system.
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President Donald Trump has stepped up his fight with the US judiciary, suggesting in a tweet Tuesday that two liberal justices on the Supreme Court should recuse themselves from cases involving him.
In the tweet from India, where he is on a state visit, Trump quoted the Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who claimed that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had accused justices appointed by the Trump administration of pro-Trump bias.
“‘Sotomayor accuses GOP appointed Justices of being biased in favour of Trump,'” Trump tweeted, quoting the host, then added in his own words: “This is a terrible thing to say. Trying to ‘shame’ some into voting her way? She never criticised Justice Ginsberg when she called me a ‘faker’. Both should recuse themselves on all Trump, or Trump related, matters!”
“While ‘elections have consequences,'” he added, “I only ask for fairness, especially when it comes to decisions made by the United States Supreme Court!”
Ingraham, in the attack that spurred Trump, appeared to be referring to Friday’s dissent by Sotomayor to a Supreme Court ruling.
She objected to the decision, which allowed the Trump administration to make it harder for migrants to obtain permanent residency if they are deemed likely to become a “public charge,” or dependent on government welfare.
Sotomayor said the court had “been all too quick” to grant the government’s requests and that “such a shift in the Court’s own behaviour comes at a cost.”
Though she did not say Trump-appointed judges were biased in favour of the president, she did criticise the court for acceding to government requests to fast-track cases such as Friday’s and hear them before lower appeals courts had the chance to make a ruling.
Trump’s attack on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg alluded to criticism she made about Trump before his election in 2016, in which she told The New York Times that she was concerned at the prospect of his winning.
“I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president,” she said.
She has since apologised for the remark.
Trump’s tweet came only days after he launched a series of attacks on the judge presiding over the case of his former adviser Roger Stone and interfered with the case in a bid to secure him a lower sentence.
Early Tuesday he shared a tweet by Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News commentator, describing the judge in the case, Amy Berman Jackson, as “biased.”
Roger Stone judge's bias may have jeopardized entire trial…https://t.co/KBUjgjHHZw
— Judge Napolitano (@Judgenap) February 21, 2020
The moves have sparked warnings from former Justice Department officials that Trump is seeking to tear down the barriers between the Department of Justice and the White House in a bid to turn the justice system into a political weapon.
Attorney General William Barr has taken a personal role in several cases involving Trump but also claimed in an ABC interview earlier this month that the president’s public attempts to interfere in the justice system risked making his job untenable.
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