Fifty-eight Republicans of the House of Representatives have co-signed a letter to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from considering the upcoming case concerning President Donald Trump’s executive order regulating immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries. The letter quoted Ginsburg made about Trump during the election as proof of her “anti-Trump” bias: “I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be- with Donald Trump as our president.” It also cites the justice discussing the possibility of a Trump presidency, and saying,“I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.”
The House Republicans want Ginsburg to recuse herself in the International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump case, which will be heard in October.
Among the Republicans who signed were Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina.
The letter argues that Ginsburg must recuse herself where her “impartiality might reasonably be questioned” and where she has “a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party.” It was following her comments in July 2016, in which she called Trump “a faker” who “really has an ego,” that her impartiality was questioned.
The letter said, “There is no doubt your impartiality can be reasonably questioned; indeed, it would be unreasonable not to question your impartiality. Your participation in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project would violate the law and undermine the credibility of the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Ginsburg told students in Hawaii that anti-immigrant sentiment was afoot throughout America. In February, she said the country historically “welcomes people from abroad” who are willing to work and “yearning for freedom.” She said, “It’s disheartening to see that there are some people who don’t agree with that view, who think our borders should be closed.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. However, oral arguments are scheduled for October.
The letter was signed by Duncan and DeSantis, Brian Babin, R-Texas, Don Bacon, R-Neb., Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn., Neal Dunn, R-Fla., Jack Bergman, R-Mich., Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Rod Blum, R-Iowa, Ted Budd, R-N.C., Warren Davidson, R-Ohio and Thomas Garrett, R-Va