Trump says Democrat 'must pay a severe price' after Schumer singles out Supreme Court justices in speech
President Donald Trump on Wednesday rebuked Democrats after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appeared to criticize two justices on the Supreme Court. "This is a direct & dangerous threat to the US Supreme Court by Schumer," Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday. "If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!" A week prior to Trump's criticism, the president also lambasted two liberal justices and demanded them to recuse themselves from any of his ongoing legal trials. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday rebuked Democrats after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appeared to criticize two justices on the Supreme Court. "This is a direct & dangerous threat to the US Supreme Court by Schumer," Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday. "If a Republican did this, he or she would be arrested, or impeached. Serious action MUST be taken NOW!" Trump suggested in a separate tweet that Schumer was "threatening the Supreme Court" and that he "must pay a severe price." Speaking to a crowd in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Schumer was describing a nearby, opposing rally as "the bad guys" and referenced Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. At the time, the justices were presented with an oral argument asking whether doctors at abortion clinics in Louisiana would be able to have local hospital admitting privileges. Chief Justice Roberts is expected to be the swing vote in conservative-majority panel. "I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price," Schumer said, amid cheers from the crowd. "You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions." "We will tell President Trump and Senate Republicans, who have stacked the court with right-wing ideologues," Schumer added. "That you will be gone in November, and you'll never be able to do this again." The remarks immediately attracted scrutiny, prompting Chief Justice John Roberts to issue a rare statement. "Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous," Roberts said. "All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter." A week prior to Trump's criticism, the president lambasted two liberal justices and demanded them to recuse themselves from any of his ongoing legal trials. "'Sotomayor accuses GOP appointed Justices of being biased in favor of Trump,'" Trump quoted Fox News host Laura Ingraham in a tweet, referring to Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Ingraham was commenting on Sotomayor's dissent to a recent ruling about migrants and their residency status. "This is a terrible thing to say," he added in his own remarks. "Trying to 'shame' some into voting her way? She never criticized Justice Ginsberg when she called me a 'faker'. Both should recuse themselves on all Trump, or Trump related, matters." In 2016, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg described Trump as a "faker" and said she could not "imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president." Ginsberg later apologized and called her comments "ill-advised."Join the conversation about this story »
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The president ratcheted up a fight with a judicial system he sees as biased against him.
Attorney General Bill Barr's speech to the conservative Federalist Society is under scrutiny for its political tilt
Attorney General Bill Barr attacked "the left" in an aggressive speech Friday night to the Federalist...Attorney General Bill Barr attacked "the left" in an aggressive speech Friday night to the Federalist Society, a conservative group of lawyers that has provided President Donald Trump with many of his judicial nominees. The speech has prompted criticisms of Barr and his Justice Department, which is supposed to stand apart from party politics. The left, Barr said, "is engaged in the systematic shredding of norms and the undermining of the rule of law." For more stories, visit Business Insider's homepage. In a fiery speech to the conservative law group, the Federalist Society, Attorney General Bill Barr laid out his argument for why the chief executive of the country is protected from laws that apply to every other citizen — a legal theory known as unitary executive theory that former Vice President Dick Cheney used as a justification for many executive actions following 9/11. "One of the more amusing aspects of modern progressive polemic is their breathless attacks on the 'unitary executive theory.' They portray this as some new-fangled 'theory' to justify Executive power of sweeping scope. In reality, the idea of the unitary executive does not go so much to the breadth of Presidential power. Rather, the idea is that, whatever the Executive powers may be, they must be exercised under the President's supervision," Barr said, according to a transcript published by the Justice Department. "This is not 'new,' and it is not a 'theory.' It is a description of what the Framers unquestionably did in Article II of the Constitution." Barr also largely criticized the left for "the systematic shredding of norms and the undermining of the rule of law" on the same day Democrats held impeachment hearings. The speech has been quickly criticized for its political slant and Barr's loyalty to Trump. This is a truly remarkable speech, in which Bill Barr rewrites both long-ago history and very recent events to form a narrative that can justify the Trump Administration. It takes a lot of work, but his hackery is up to the task. https://t.co/yW4w6YyYOy — Sasha Samberg-Champion (@ssamcham) November 16, 2019 Finally Bill Barr shows his true colors. To give this speech, and use this rhetoric, in the face of President T's conduct in office is just laughablehttps://t.co/aFdJrjE4cl pic.twitter.com/kchEZh6WX9 — John C Hollar (@vypointjch) November 16, 2019 The Federalist Society has been a prominent legal group since its founding in 1982 at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School, and late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the firm's original faculty advisor. Trump's two Supreme Court nominees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — were both members, as well as the Court's three other conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Chief Justice John Roberts. The group's CEO, Leonard Leo, has supplied the Trump administration with hundreds of candidates for judgeships lower down the federal bench. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity. Here's how she makes and spends her $360 million.