WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump, Roberts clash over judiciary independence
WASHINGTON — The Latest on Chief Justice John Roberts and President Donald Trump (all times local):
President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts are clashing over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy as an “Obama judge.”
Roberts has issued a strongly worded statement says there’s no such thing. Trump is defending his own comment, tweeting defiantly, “Sorry Justice Roberts.”
The pre-Thanksgiving dustup is the first time Roberts, the Republican-appointed leader of the federal judiciary, has offered even a hint of criticism of Trump, who has several times blasted federal judges who have ruled against him.