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  • President Donald Trump lashed out at Chief Justice John
    Roberts, on Twitter Wednesday.
  • He also doubled down on criticism of the United States Court
    of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • Earlier on Wednesday, Chief Justice Roberts rebuked Trump
    saying, “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges
    or Clinton judges.”
  • Roberts was responding to Trump calling a judge who ruled
    against the Trump administration on a matter related to asylum
    requests at the US-Mexico border an “Obama judge.”

President Donald Trump lashed out at Chief Justice John Roberts
on Wednesday, continuing his criticism of the federal judiciary
and repeating
suspect claims
about the caravan
of migrants from Central America
.

“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,” Trump
tweeted.

“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,” he continued. “Please study the numbers, they
are shocking. We need protection and security – these rulings are
making our country unsafe! Very dangerous and unwise!”

Earlier that day
Roberts made a rare statement
defending the federal judiciary
against attacks from Trump.

“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or
Clinton judges,” Roberts said in a statement to the Associated
Press. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated
judges doing their level best to do equal right to those
appearing before them.”

He added: “That independent judiciary is something we should all
be thankful for.”

Trump’s Wednesday tweets were a response to Roberts’ statement,
and a doubling down of criticism against the US Court of Appeals
for the 9th Circuit. He also repeated a claim that there were
“criminals” in the caravan of migrants either at or heading to
the border, which in a fact check The Washington Post gave

three Pinnocchios.

Earlier this week, Judge Jon Tigar of the US District Court in
San Francisco blocked the Trump administration from applying a
new immigration rule that would bar immigrants from applying for
asylum if they did not cross at a legal checkpoint.

“Whatever the scope of the president’s authority, he may not
rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress
has expressly forbidden,”
Tigar’s order stated.

On Tuesday, Trump called Tigar an “Obama judge,” and he claimed
that the 9th Circuit where, according to The New York Times, the
case will likely head, a “disgrace.”

“This was an Obama judge,” Trump said of the ruling. “And I’ll
tell you what, it’s not going to happen like this anymore. It
means an automatic loss no matter what you do. … People should
not be allowed to immediately run to this very friendly circuit
and file their case.”

Trump has previously clashed the the courts — especially over his
immigration policies. In June, however, in a 5 to 4 decision the
Supreme Court upheld the third iteration of the Trump
administration’s “travel
ban
,” barring entry from certain Muslim-majority countries
and North Korea.

The president’s open hostility towards courts and judges
that rule against him
is unprecedented.

“The courts are bulwarks of our Constitution and laws, and they
depend on the public to respect their judgments and on officials
to obey and enforce their decisions,” the
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
, a
nonpartisan organization, wrote last year.

“Fear of personal attacks, public backlash, or enforcement
failures should not color judicial decision-making, and public
officials have a responsibility to respect courts and judicial
decisions. Separation of powers is not a threat to democracy; it
is the essence of democracy.

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