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Gingrich Under Attack for Comments About Courts

Monday, 19 Dec 2011 01:50 PM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s assault on federal judges has gotten so harsh that even conservatives are saying he’s gone too far. In recent days, Gingrich said that as president he would abolish courts that make decisions that are “radically anti-American” and drag judges before congressional committees to explain controversial rulings, The Washington Post reported.

In recent days, two former attorneys general under President George W. Bush and columnist George Will have come out against Gingrich’s view. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey called some of Gingrich’s proposals “dangerous, ridiculous, totally irresponsible, outrageous, off-the-wall” and said they “would reduce the entire judicial system to a spectacle,” the Post reported.

Michael McConnell, a former federal appeals judge appointed by Bush, said conservatives “should not be cheering” Gingrich’s views, especially when they are looking to the Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare.

“You would think that this would be a time when they would be defending the independence of the judiciary, not attacking it,” he told the Post. “You can’t have it both ways. It can’t be that when conservative Republicans object to the courts, they have the right to replace judges, and when liberal Democrats disapprove of the courts, they don’t. And the Constitution is pretty clear that neither side can eliminate judges because they disagree with their decisions.”

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