GOP critical of Trump's judge attackBy Jordan LaPorta | 02/05/2017 11:31pm
Several key Republicans are distancing themselves from criticism President Donald Trump made of the Federal Judge who put a halt to his travel ban order.
On CNN's "State of the Union," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted that he did not approve of the president's tactics.
“[It's] best to avoid criticizing judges individually," the Kentucky republican said.
Longtime Trump-critic and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said the American judicial system is an equal partner in the legal process.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t understand language like that. We don’t have so-called judges. We don’t have so-called senators. We don’t have so-called presidents,” Sasse said.
Vice President Mike Pence also spoke out, acknowledging the judiciary's right to halt Trump's order.
“He certainly does, and that's why the administration is complying with that order as we speak,” Pence said on ABC's “This Week."
Last week, Trump lashed out at George W. Bush appointee James Robart of the Western District of Washington for stopping his executive order on constitutional grounds. Shortly after the ruling, the president tweeted “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”