Republicans call for a key SC justice to recuse from Trump’s case


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been asked by fifty-eight House Republicans to recuse herself from the upcoming travel ban case. Citing previous comments Ginsburg made about President Trump during the election, the Republicans signed a letter that says Ginsburg’s “anti-Trump” bias prevents her from being fair and impartial.

In the letter, the congressmen note that Ginsburg said, “I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president.” It also cites the justice discussing the possibility of a Trump presidency, and saying,“I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.”

They ask her to recuse herself in the International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump case, which centers on President Trump’s travel restriction and prohibition on travelers coming to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The congressmen argue that Ginsburg  is required to recuse herself  from cases in which her “impartiality might reasonably be questioned” and where she has “a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party.”

They say after her public comments about Trump, including calling Trump “a faker” on CNN in July 2016 and saying, “he really has an ego,” her impartiality is in question:

“There is no doubt your impartiality can be reasonably questioned; indeed, it would be unreasonable not to question your impartiality. Your participation in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project would violate the law and undermine the credibility of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

In February, Ginsberg told high school students in Hawaii that she felt anti-immigrant sentiment was moving through the country. She told them the U.S. historically “welcomes people from abroad” who are willing to work and “yearning for freedom.”

“It’s disheartening to see that there are some people who don’t agree with that view, who think our borders should be closed,” Ginsburg said at the time.

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, with oral arguments scheduled for October.

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