Thursday, March 5, 2020

John Roberts rebukes Schumer for 'threatening' Trump-appointed justices

Win McNamee/Pool via AP
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. publicly rebuked the Senate’s top Democrat on Wednesday for threats he had made against two justices appointed by President Trump.
The chief justice issued the rare public statement in reaction to a rally being held in front of the Supreme Court earlier in the day while the justices were hearing an abortion-related case.
“You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York said in remarks he specifically aimed at Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Chief Justice Roberts called those remarks “dangerous” and said his colleagues would not be intimidated.
“Justices knows 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,” he said.
“All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter,” the chief justice concluded.
Mr. Schumer did not elaborate on what sorts of whirlwinds would hit Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh if they ruled the wrong way, by the New York senator’s lights, but most conservative commentators took them to be threats of violence.
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