Supreme Court Justice John Roberts chastised House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday for Schumer’s “dangerous” and “threatening statements.”
Schumer spoke Wednesday at a rally in front of the United States Supreme Court where justices heard June Medical Services v. Russo, a case in which an abortion provider challenges a 2014 Louisiana state law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility.
“I want to tell you Gorsuch,” Schumer said, video from the event shows, “and I want to tell you Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price.”
“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” he added.
Roberts denounced Schumer’s comments in a Wednesday afternoon statement, according to Bloomberg Supreme Court reporter Greg Stohr.
“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,” Roberts said.
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“All members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter,” Roberts added.
The senator’s comments referenced the political price Republicans “will pay for putting them on the court” as well as “a warning that the justices will unleash major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision,” Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman told the Daily Caller News Foundation before Roberts produced a statement.
Schumer did not yet respond to a request for comment regarding Robert’s remarks.
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