Trump: Sotomayor And Ginsburg Should Recuse Themselves From Cases Involving Me

Trump’s attack on the justices come just days after Attorney General Barr asked him to stay out of legal matters.

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President Trump lashed out at Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying they should recuse themselves from cases involving him.

During a Tuesday news conference in New Delhi, Trump brought up a recent dissent from Sotomayor, claiming the comments in it were “inappropriate.”

"I just don't know how they cannot recuse themselves for anything Trump or Trump related," he said.

Sotomayor’s dissent was against an order that would let the Trump Administration go through with a plan to deny green cards to immigrants who would likely become overly reliant on government aid programs. In it, she wrote that the current administration had been making a habit of turning to the Supreme Court after losing in lower courts — and sometimes appealing to the nation’s highest court even “while a case was still winding its way through lower courts,” as Vox put it.

"Claiming one emergency after another, the government has recently sought stays in an unprecedented number of cases, demanding immediate attention and consuming limited court resources in each," Sotomayor wrote. "And with each successive application, of course, its cries of urgency ring increasingly hollow."

She then added that the court “is partly to blame for the breakdown in the appellate process,” because it “has been all too quick to grant the government’s” reflexive requests.

Prior to calling out the justices at the news conference, Trump claimed on Twitter that Sotomayor was trying to “shame” others into voting her way.

“She never criticized Justice Ginsberg [sic] when she called me a ‘faker’. Both should recuse themselves,” he continued, referring to an instance during the 2016 presidential race when Ginsburg called Trump a “faker” before apologizing.

Trump’s comments follow a recent television appearance by Attorney General William Barr, who asked the president to stop weighing in on legal cases because it was making it “impossible” for Barr to do his work.