Neil Gorsuch, who incidentally is Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, has thumbed down Twitter attacks by the US President targeted at a judge who suspended Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.
Gorsuch described Trump’s comments directed at US District Judge James Robart on Twitter as as “demoralizing” and “disheartening”.
In his Twitter comments, Trump called Robart a “so-called judge” whose “ridiculous” opinion “essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country.” Trump’s administration appealed Robart’s ruling to a three-judge federal appeals panel, which heard oral arguments on Tuesday.
Recall last Friday that Trump’s immigration travel ban was blocked by Robart in Seattle when he ordered that the temporary restraining order will remain valid nationwide pending a full review of a complaint by Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson.
The blocking of the Muslim travel ban prompted the US president to unleash unguarded fiery statements towards the judge who stopped implementation of the order.
Before now, Presidents are usually hesitant to weigh in on judicial matters out of respect for the U.S Constitution, which ensures a separation of powers among the president’s executive branch, Congress and the judiciary but Trump seems to be defying all protocol.
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