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Mon Dec 30, 2019, 10:32 AM

Trump impeachment trial drags Roberts into spotlight

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/475570-trump-impeachment-trial-drags-roberts-into-spotlight


Trump impeachment trial drags Roberts into spotlight
By John Kruzel - 12/30/19 06:00 AM EST

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Trump and Roberts have at times had a difficult relationship.

The chief justice pushed back in a speech after the president branded a judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals "an Obama judge" for a 2018 decision that Trump disagreed with.

"We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," Roberts responded at the time, defending the federal judiciary.


Trump would later say that he held "a lot of respect" for Roberts, even as the president doubled down on his criticism of the appeals court decision.

The political drama surrounding Roberts as he prepares to preside over the impeachment trial is likely to heighten his sensitivity to the public perception of the high court and the judiciary.

“One of his goals will be to preserve the image of the Supreme Court as a kind of neutral arbiter so that the legitimacy of his institution is protected,” said Ian Ostrander, a political science professor at Michigan State University. “Stepping into a partisan battle within a different branch is not ideal.”


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“Here is perhaps the most controversial issue Roberts might be asked to rule upon, and yet it’s also one of the most important to issues of basic fairness,” Tsai said. ”The problem is that the politics, which are unavoidable, make things explosive whichever way he rules.”

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babylonsister Dec 2019 OP
malaise Dec 2019 #1
Baked Potato Dec 2019 #6
Farmer-Rick Dec 2019 #2
babylonsister Dec 2019 #8
Golden Raisin Dec 2019 #3
abqtommy Dec 2019 #4
kentuck Dec 2019 #5
honest.abe Dec 2019 #7
brush Dec 2019 #9

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 10:35 AM

1. In my humble opinion the Chief Justice ought to show more urgency

is dealing with all of the outstanding cases related to Don the Con including subpoenas for administration officials, matters taxes, etc.

That would suggest that Constitutional law is what comes first. It would be a clear signal to the country.

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 12:21 PM

6. He's a loyal Republican soldier

Slow walking everything. Passive support for Trump and saving Republican brand. Just like all the rest of them.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 10:42 AM

2. Roberts is as much a Trump lover as most of the Supremes.

He pretends otherwise but always decides in favor of his king.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 01:50 PM

8. I don't think any intelligent,

thinking person can be a trump lover.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 11:51 AM

3. Chief Justice Roberts is a Republican appointed

by a Republican. I have very low expectations of his being the proverbial cavalry or white knight riding over the horizon to save the day. I hope to be proven wrong.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 11:59 AM

4. We're living in interesting times. People will show themselves to be what they are, individually

and collectively.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 12:08 PM

5. I hope he is up to the job.

That he follows the Constitution to the letter.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 01:30 PM

7. I have a feeling Roberts is going to be our hero by the end of all this.

There is no love lost between he and Trump and for sure if he believes in upholding the strict rule of law he will vote on the side against Trump.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 02:20 PM

9. Let's hope. He did rule in favor of the ACA.

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