US President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts have clashed in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America’s judiciary.
Trump claimed on Wednesday of “shocking” bias against his policies in parts of the judiciary branch of the government.
He singled out the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is based in the left-leaning state of California, tweeting that its rulings “are making our country unsafe! Very dangerous and unwise!”
Roberts contradicted Trump in a strongly worded statement and defended judicial independence.
Responding to complaints by Trump that judges appointed by Democratic presidents act against the current White House, Roberts told the Associated Press: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.”
It was the first time that Roberts, the Republican-appointed leader of America’s highest court, has offered even a hint of criticism of…