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Experts: Trump Undermines Confidence With Attack On 'So-Called Judge'

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 09:23 AM

Legal experts are concerned that President Donald Trump's personal attack on the federal judge who blocked his executive order on the travel ban will undermine public confidence in the fairness of the judiciary, NBC News reports.

Trump sent out a tweet calling U.S. District Judge James Robart a "so-called judge" after he issued a ruling blocking the president's order banning people from entering the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations.

"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 Prof. Arthur Hellman told NBC News.

"You can disagree with a judge's conclusion, but judges reach their conclusions based on the arguments from both sides. To personalize it and make it seem like the judge is doing it for no good reason is troubling."

Other legal experts agreed that it is extremely worrying that a president would make such comments and that it could undermine faith in the system. Northwestern University Law Professor Ron Allen emphasized that such statements "reflect badly on [Trump's] knowledge of the legal system" and should also concern "the people who support him."

Making matter worse for the experts is that Trump also questioned the integrity of another judge during the presidential campaign, claiming that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was presiding over the fraud case against Trump University, could not give him a fair hearing because he is "Mexican."

Experts said that if Trump thought he could intimidate the judiciary with his latest tweets, his aggressiveness will actually backfire and have the opposite effect.

But Harvard Law Prof. Jack Goldsmith proposed a different theory, writing in his blog that perhaps the Trump administration deliberately wrote the order knowing that a judge would strike it down, and thus "Trump is setting the scene to blame judges after an attack that has any conceivable connection to immigration."

He added that if Trump "loses in court he credibly will say to the American people that he tried and failed to create tighter immigration controls. This will deflect blame for the attack."

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Legal experts are concerned that President Donald Trump's personal attack on the federal judge who blocked his executive order on the travel ban will undermine public confidence in the fairness of the judiciary, NBC News reports.
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