Over the past few days, President Trump has used social media to comment on U.S. District Court Judge Robart's temporary block on the President's Executive Order on immigration. The President has referred to Judge Robart as a "so-called judge" and has commented that "[t]he judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart." He also has blamed Judge Robart and the judiciary for any possible future terrorist attack by tweeting "if something bad happens blame him and the court system."
Regardless of your political affiliation or thoughts regarding the President's Executive Order, the Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar) maintains that President Trump's comments question the integrity of Judge Robart and undermine the credibility of our judicial branch. While President Trump has the right to disagree with Judge Robart and to seek appellate review of his order, the President's disparagement of an individual judge is a threat to the independence of our judicial branch of government.
The dispute over President Trump's Executive Order will continue to play out in the court system. Whatever the outcome of this legal action, the IndyBar will continue to encourage our members to engage in constructive discourse regarding the rule of law, our system of government and the importance of separation of powers.
—Nissa Ricafort, President, Indianapolis Bar Association