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US Chief Justice trumps Trump!

US Chief Justice trumps Trump!

Donald Trump is not one to go by advice, sense, courtesy, or respect even when addressing the judiciary. So, Chief Justice John Roberts made a rare statement pushing back against the Trump after the President again went after federal judges. "We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," Roberts said. "What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for." Roberts' comment came in response to an enquiry from The Associated Press. Earlier, Trump slammed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals again, this time after a judge from the Northern District of California, where cases get appealed to the 9th Circuit, issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump administration from barring migrants who cross into the US illegally from seeking asylum. "It's a disgrace when every case gets filed in the 9th Circuit," Trump said as part of a lengthy criticism of the court. "That's not law. Every case in the 9th Circuit we get beaten and then we end up having to go to the Supreme Court like the travel ban and we won. Every case, no matter where it is, they file is practically, for all intents and purposes, they file it in what's called the 9th Circuit. This was an Obama judge. I'll tell you what, it's not going to happen like this anymore."

Roberts, who then-President George W. Bush tapped to lead the Supreme Court, is the highest authority in the federal judiciary and his remark was a rare direct response to the head of the Executive Branch. Speaking at the University of Minnesota Law School in October, Roberts emphasised the Supreme Court's independence and differences from the other branches. "I will not criticise the political branches," Roberts said. "We do that often enough in our opinions. But what I would like to do, briefly, is emphasise how the judicial branch is, how it must be, very different." Trump has been a frequent critic of the 9th Circuit and just a few months into his Presidency, he had said he was considering breaking up the circuit that covers a slew of western states and Guam.

Several of his most controversial policies have been held up by judges there and the temporary block on his attempt to rewrite asylum rules marked the latest such instance. But Trump was not one to remain silent after the rebuke. He retorted, "Sorry Chief Justice, but you do indeed have "Obama judges". It would have been great if yours, was an "independent judiciary." That is the Trump style, to have the last word even when he is wrong.

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