For Immediate Release
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns Trump's Call for Supreme Court Recusals
President Trump issued a statement calling for Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor to recuse themselves from Supreme Court matters. Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Under Law, issued the following statement in response:
"President Trump's call for Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor to recuse themselves is deeply disturbing and unprecedented. No president in modern time has shown greater disrespect for or worked to actively undermine the independence of the judiciary than President Trump," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Clarke also commented on this administration's increasing efforts to leapfrog over the lower courts to seek intervention at the Supreme Court. Specifically, the administration has frequently sought stays of lower court injunctions or sought Supreme Court review before final judgment in multiple cases. The Trump administration has engaged in leapfrogging in cases involving the Muslim Ban, the transgender military ban, the Census, DACA and more.
"This administration seeks to weaponize the Supreme Court to fast track implementation of its extremist agenda. This Supreme Court should not allow the administration to make an end run around lower court's tasked with reviewing controversial policies that may run afoul of the constitution and our federal civil rights laws. Leapfrogging is a dangerous practice that threatens to politicize the courts and upend the federal judiciary by undermining the central role of district and circuit courts. Leapfrogging denies the Supreme Court the benefit of a fully developed record and can result in premature review of cases that have not been fully evaluated," Clarke noted.
Justice Sotomayor issued a recent dissent setting forth observations about her colleagues on the Court who are increasingly poised to grant the administration's requests to reverse action at the district court level."
The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.