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Trump's Criticism of Judges Could Hurt Him in Supreme Court

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 02:52 PM

President Donald Trump's criticism of federal judges has put him on a collision course with the U.S. Supreme Court when big cases on his political agenda are heard, The Hill reports.

Trump has already publicly bashed U.S. District Judge James Robart, who temporarily froze the president's travel ban order. Trump referred to him as a "so-called judge" and later suggested he should be blamed if anything bad happens as a result of the policy not be carried through.

Last year, he suggested District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was then presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University, would be unable to rule fairly due to his Mexican heritage.

Now the challenge to his travel ban is winding through the judicial system and the next stop would be the Supreme Courts. Experts tell the Hill that the president's attacks on judges could make it make it a little more difficult for the White House.

"Judges will and should try not to be influenced by his trashing of the independent judiciary, but judges are only human," said Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School.

The website notes that any decision "will be interpreted through the prism of Trump's comments on the judiciary."

"This is obviously not helpful to the [Department of Justice], which is dealing with a very challenging legal issue," said Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University. "When you're trying to convince the courts to respect presidential authority, it's something incongruous when you don't show respect for judicial authority."

And Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., added: "I learned a long time ago in politics [that] attacking the person or the group that will decide your fate on a given issue generally doesn't work out that well."

Meanwhile, others say Trump's attacks could undermine the public's confidence in the judiciary.

"The concern is that repeated attacks on individual judges could diminish the confidence that people have that judges are ruling on cases in accordance with the law," University of Pittsburgh Law Professor Arthur Hellman told NBC News.

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President Donald Trump's criticism of federal judges has put him on a collision course with the U.S. Supreme Court when big cases on his political agenda are heard, The Hill reports.
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