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SC congressmen tell Supreme Court justice to walk away from Trump case

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses during a group photograph at the Supreme Court building on June 1 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses during a group photograph at the Supreme Court building on June 1 2017 in Washington, D.C. TNS

Three S.C. congressmen say a Supreme Court associate justice is unable to fairly hear cases involving Donald Trump and should recuse herself from all cases involving the president.

U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan, Tom Rice and Mark Sanford – all Palmetto State Republicans – have signed on to a letter from members of Congress asking Ruth Bader Ginsburg not to hear a challenge to Trump’s travel ban involving six Middle Eastern nations or any other cases that might be brought against Trump.

Fifty-eight lawmakers signed the letter, which was made public in a tweet by Duncan.

The legislators cite comments critical of Trump made by Ginsburg during last year’s presidential campaign.

“Your public criticism of Donald Trump during the campaign included statements such as, 'I can't imagine what this place would be – I can't imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president,' ” the letter reads. “You referred to Donald Trump as 'a faker.' When asked about the possibility of Donald Trump winning the presidency, you responded, 'I don't want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.' ”

The congressmen say the comments raise doubts about whether Ginsburg could be impartial on cases challenging Trump. The justices agreed Monday to rule on the president’s travel ban in October.

“Justice Ginsburg has clearly demonstrated that she cannot operate in an evenhanded and impartial manner, and she should recuse herself from considering this case,” Duncan said.

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