Congressman Francis Rooney Calls for Justice Ginsburg Recusal on Trump V. International Refugee Assistance Project

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Congressman Francis Rooney Calls for Justice Ginsburg Recusal on Trump V. International Refugee Assistance Project, June 26, 2017 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Washington, DC – Congressman Rooney has co-signed a letter, along with fifty-seven other Congressional members, calling on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg to recuse herself from the case of Trump V. International Refugee Assistance Project. 

Congressman Rooney stated “Although I am encouraged by the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today on President Trump’s travel ban and I am confident that the order will ultimately be ruled Constitutional, Justice Ginsburg’s comments related to President Trump signal a very real concern about her ability to deliberate fairly in this case. Justice Ginsburg has repeatedly made public statements that show a clear bias against the President. Language of the federal recusal statute, 28 U.S.C. § 455 states that “Any justice…shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned,”

Rooney continued “The history of the United States Supreme Court is one of impartiality and fairness. That history should not be called into question due to a Justice breaking with longstanding tradition by being political in their commentary”

Background: The case of Trump V. International Refugee Assistance Project is more commonly referred to as President Trump’s Travel Ban. The full text of Congressman Rooney’s letter is attached.

       In July, Justice Ginsburg criticized Trump in several media interviews.

       In an interview with the New York Times, she said she couldn't imagine what the country and the Supreme Court would be like if Trump won.

       “For the country, it could be four years,” she said. “For the court, it could be — I don't even want to contemplate that.”

        She also called Trump a “faker” during an interview with CNN. “He has no consistency about him. He said whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego,” she told CNN, questioning how              Trump had gotten away with not turning over his tax returns.

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