In a Saturday morning speech at the Federalist Society’s National Student Symposium in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Jeff Sessions slammed federal judges who have overruled the president, saying, “I have been shocked by the actions of certain judges and courts that we’ve dealt with who have failed to respect the constitutional responsibilities of the executive and the legislative branch.”
“The court is not superior. The court does not get to have the final word in every dispute. Give me a break!” Sessions added.
“Today, in effect, single district court judges are going beyond proper adjudicative bounds and making themselves super-legislators for the entire United States,” he said.
Sessions said the nationwide injunctions “result in great cost and turmoil,” and have been used to effectively paralyze the federal government. “There can be no question that courts should put an end to nationwide injunctions and keep activists on both sides of the aisle from paralyzing the federal government,” he said.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Sessions told the audience in Washington, D.C., the nationwide injunctions “result in great cost and turmoil,” and have been used to effectively paralyze the federal government. “There can be no question that courts should put an end to nationwide injunctions and keep activists on both sides of the aisle from paralyzing the federal government,” he said.
Sessions lamented Saturday that the Trump administration has been hit with a significant number of nationwide injunctions as it has worked to implement the president’s agenda.
“Scholars have not found a single example of any judge issuing this type of extreme remedy in the first 175 years of the Republic,” he said. “But President Trump has been hit with 22 in just over one year in office — on issues like DACA, the travel order, sanctuary cities, and the service of transgender people in the military.”
But the attorney general acknowledged that previous administrations have also faced similar legal hurdles, including former President Barack Obama, as nationwide injunctions encourage “forum shopping.”
Sessions noted that Republicans frequently challenged Obama-era policies in friendly courts in Texas, while Trump’s opponents are taking their legal battles to California and Hawaii.
Watch his remarks in the video below.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s address to the Federalist Society National Student Symposium pic.twitter.com/zouQcwSDPg
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