Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday blasted federal judges for making….
decisions against President Trump’s executive orders, and said those rulings represent an unacceptable level of interference.
SESSIONS: said, “This is especially problematic when district courts take the dramatic step of issuing activist nationwide injunctions — orders that block the entire United States government from enforcing a statute or a presidential policy nationwide.” He was referring to rulings against Trump’s travel ban executive order, and nationwide injunctions issued by Washington, California, Maryland and Hawaii courts.
Sessions said he feels “strongly” about judges acting strictly “because of a political agreement.”
He went on to say: ”Today, more and more judges are issuing nationwide injunctions and in effect single judges … are making themselves super-legislators for the entire United States, A single judge’s decision that can enjoin the entire federal government from acting is an extreme step, and too often, district court judges are doing it without following the law.”
Sessions noted that the U.S. Constitution does not allow for judges to “veto a president’s action because they disagree with him on policy grounds.”
JUDGE NICHOLAS GARAFUNDALIS: Was singled out by Sessions for his comments from the bench about the Trump administration’s attempt to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The federal judge in Brooklyn called the decision “cruel,” “heartless” and “unacceptable.”
Sessions said “Rather than address that question, the court said the government can’t come into court to espouse a position that is heartless. Sessions said “He didn’t say it was unlawful. He went on to say: ‘I don’t like your policy,”He Continued “A judge’s comments on policy like this is offensive, and it’s disrespectful of the legislative and executive branches and to the fine attorneys in the Department of Justice.”
Sessions did praise a ruling from a judge in the Northern District of California that upheld the administrations’ decision to pull back Obamacare cost-sharing subsidy payments.“A nice victory, even on the West Coast,” the attorney general said to laughter.
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