A “so-called judge”

Federal District Judge James Robart

On February 3rd, Federal District Judge James Robart issued a nation-wide temporary restraining order enjoining the implementation of major provisions of President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration.

In response to this order, President Trump tweeted this earlier today:

For the record, Judge James Robart is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1973), having previously graduated from Whitman College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He spent over thirty-years in private legal practice until being nominated to the Federal Bench by President George W. Bush in 2003. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 17, 2004 by a vote of 99–0.

I am troubled that the President would disparage the legitimacy of a Federal Judge. One can agree or disagree with Judge Robart’s ruling, but as a member of one of the co-equal branch of Government, his legitimacy as a judge is beyond question. Sadly, it is reminiscent of Trump’s criticism of Judge Gonzalo Curiel during the campaign.

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