Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts responded to threatening remarks made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday, calling them “inappropriate” and “dangerous.”
Speaking in front of the Supreme Court at a pro-abortion demonstration on the day of oral arguments in the Louisiana abortion case, Schumer threatened Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
“I want to tell you, Neil Gorusch, and you, Brett Kavanaugh, you have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer said. “You won’t know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
Wednesday afternoon, Roberts rebuked Schumer’s comments in a statement issued by the SCOTUS Office of Public Information. “Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous.”
Chief Justice John Roberts responds to comments Chuck Schumer made about Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, earlier today, calling them “inappropriate” and “dangerous” pic.twitter.com/hoAdVTE3h1
— Melissa Quinn (@MelissaQuinn97) March 4, 2020
According to SCOTUS blog, the fate of the June Medical Services LLC v. Russo decision, the case Schumer was rallying against Wednesday morning, is “likely to hinge on the vote of Chief Justice John Roberts or perhaps Kennedy’s successor, Justice Brett Kavanaugh.”
Reporters should be asking every Senate Democrat:
Do you agree with your leader threatening Supreme Court Justices?
“I want to tell you Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch: You have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price!” – Chuck Schumer pic.twitter.com/jyAgpE9HVv
— Michael Ahrens (@michaelahrens) March 4, 2020