A court failed to punish a controversial senator for threatening blackmail of judges, if they did not follow the Democratic Party in supporting a woman’s choice to terminate her pregnancy, the president said.
President Donald Trump is bewildered after learning the nation’s highest court will not prosecute Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for allegedly warning Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch they would face serious consequences unless they supported abortion cases before the Supreme Court in Washington.
“[I] cannot believe they are not going after Schumer for the threats he made to our cherished U.S. Supreme Court and our two great justices [Kavanaugh and Gorsuch,]” the president said on Facebook.
He believes the consequences would be very different if a Republican senator made the same remarks to justices appointed during the Obama administration.
“If a Republican did that there would be an endless price to pay,” he said. “Pathetic.”
As The BL reported, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. recently denounced Schumer’s remarks to a pro-choice rally hosted by the Center for Reproductive Rights that Kavanaugh and Gorsuch had “released the whirlwind,” would have to “pay the price,” and “will not know what hit” them if they voted unfavorably toward pro-choice activists.
“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said in a statement.
The chief justice said he would allow neither the court nor its staff be intimidated into following any Democratic Party line when passing down judgments.
“All members of the court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter,” he said.
Schumer’s outburst also drew harsh criticism from the Oval Office, from which the president called for the senator to face consequences himself for allegedly threatening the impartiality of the judicial system.
“There can be few things worse in a civilized, law abiding nation, than a U.S. senator openly, and for all to see and hear, threatening the Supreme Court or its justices,” the president said on Twitter. “This is what Chuck Schumer just did, he must pay a severe price for this.”
A disenchanted member of the legal fraternity and supporter of Schumer also joined in condemning his unforgivable behavior and demanded a sincere apology.
“These remarks by Sen. Schumer were inexcusable … it is beneath him and his office,” Harvard University law professor Laurence Tribe said on Twitter. “Chief Justice Roberts was right to call him on his comments. I hope the senator, whom I have long admired and consider a friend, apologizes and takes back his implicit threat.”