Ex-federal judge condemns the judiciary and the entire nation for not calling Trump out again

By | March 31, 2024

Former federal judge J. Michael Luttig sentenced the former president on Friday Donald Trump for his repeated attacks on the nation’s justice system, calling on leaders of both state and federal courts – in addition to all Americans – to do more about it.

“Never in American history has anyone, let alone a president of the United States, made such threatening attacks against the federal and state courts and federal and state court officials of the kind that the former president has been making continuously for years now,” Luttig said. on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

“But suffice it to say that never before in history has anyone committed such attacks and been met with such passivity, resignation and submissiveness by the nation,” he continued.

Luttig, a Republican, was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit by President George HW Bush in 1991, and he served until 2006, when he left for a higher-paying position at Boeing. He currently works for Coca-Cola.

He said in the post that it is the Supreme Court’s “responsibility” to “protect the federal courts, federal judges and all participants in the legal system,” adding that the same applied to state courts.

Luttig praised U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton for this goes to CNN this week with his concerns. Walton, whose court is in the District of Columbia, criticized Trump in an interview Thursday. Sitting judges generally do not give interviews to the media.

According to Luttig, Trump’s attacks were a ‘reprehensible spectacle’.

“Ultimately, however, it is the responsibility of the entire nation to protect its courts and judges, its Constitution, its rule of law, and American democracy from vicious attacks, threats, subversion, and deliberate delegitimization by someone so determined. ‘ he concluded.

Trump recently went after the daughter of the judge overseeing his criminal hush-money trial in New York. He has criticized other judges overseeing the cases against him, several prosecutors and entire appellate districts for not ruling in his favor. During his business fraud trial in New York State, Judge Arthur Engoron threatened to jail Trump if he did not stop destroying the judge’s staff.

Luttig also played a role in the House of Representatives committee hearings on the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. He publicly testified before Congress in June 2022, saying that “our democracy is on a knife’s edge today .”

Read Luttig’s full comments below.

The nation is witnessing the determined delegitimization of both the federal and state judiciaries and the systematic dismantling of its legal system and rule of law by a single man: the former President of the United States.

The former President can only be expected to intensify his unprecedented efforts to delegitimize the courts of the United States, the nation’s state courts, and the American legal system, through his vile, outrageous and inexcusable attacks and threats to the address of the former president. the federal and state judiciary and the individual judges of these courts.

Never in American history has anyone, let alone a President of the United States, made such threatening attacks against the federal and state courts and federal and state court officials of the kind that the former President has been doing continuously for years now.

But suffice it to say that never before in history has anyone committed such attacks and been met with such passivity, resignation and submissiveness by the nation.

It is an unfortunate commentary on our times that a lone federal judge, the Honorable Judge Reggie B. Walton – because no one whose responsibility it is to do so has had the courage and the will – would ultimately have no choice but himself, to to express on national television the deep concerns of the entire federal and state judiciary over Donald Trump’s despicable attacks on the federal and state courts, the judges of those courts and their families, and the other participants in the judicial process.

It is the primary responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States to protect the federal courts, federal judges, and all participants in the legal system from the reprehensible spectacle of the former President’s inexcusable, menacing attacks, as it does is the responsibility of the respective State High Courts of First Instance to protect their courts and their state judges against this.

Ultimately, however, it is the responsibility of the entire nation to protect its courts and judges, its Constitution, its rule of law, and American democracy from vicious attacks, threats, subversion, and deliberate delegitimization by someone so single-minded.

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