Chris Wallace Asks Trump Adviser, If Something Happens to Judge Robart, ‘Should We Blame President Trump?’

By Susan Jones | February 13, 2017 | 8:18am EST
President Donald Trump signs an executive order on immigration. (AP File Photo)

( – The federal judge in Washington State who temporarily halted President Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven terror-prone nations is now getting death threats, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace told Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller.

Wallace read President Trump’s tweet, saying: “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens, blame him and the court system. People pouring in. Bad!"

“So, the question is, if something happens to him, should we blame President Trump?” Wallace asked Miller on Sunday:

“This is one of the most ludicrous things that the media does, where when any crazy person in this country issues a death threat, that they can blame a politician or a public official. That is reckless and irresponsible and should never be done,” Miller responded.

Wallace interrupted: “But some people would say -- some people would say that personally attacking a judge is reckless and irresponsible. In fact, your own Supreme Court nominee, Judge Gorsuch, called it disheartening and demoralizing.”

“Statements that you can't criticize a judge demonstrate a profound misunderstanding of what it means to have separate and equal branches,” Miller replied. “Of course, one branch can criticize another branch of government. It's ludicrous to say that Congress can criticize the president, and the president can criticize Congress, and judges can criticize the president, but the president can't criticize judges."

Miller told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” “We have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become in many case a supreme branch of government.

“One unelected judge in Seattle cannot remake laws for the entire country. I mean this is just crazy, John, the idea that you have a judge in Seattle say that a foreign national living in Libya has an effective right to enter the United States is -- is -- is beyond anything we've ever seen before.

“The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

Miller told “Fox News Sunday,” that President Trump’s executive order pausing immigration from seven nations is “lawful and necessary.”

“The president's powers here are beyond question,” Miller said. “The president has the authority under the INA (Immigration and Nationality Act), Section 8 U.S.C. 1182f to suspend the entry of aliens into this country.

“And he has Article 2 foreign powers to also engage in conducting border control and immigration control into this country. Those powers are substantial. They present the very apex of presidential authority.”

Miller said as a result of the temporary restraining order – upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – “we are contemplating new and additional actions to ensure that our immigration system does not become a vehicle for admitting people into our country who are hostile to this nation and its values.”

For the record, it’s apparently not okay for the president to question the rulings of the judicial branch, but it’s fine for members of the legislative branch to attack the head of the executive branch:

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that even a few Republicans are expressing concern about Trump’s mental health.

“In what way?” host Jake Tapper asked.

“In the way that we all have this suspicion that -- you know, that he's not -- he lies a lot. He says thing that aren't true. That's the same as lying, I guess,” Franken said.

Over on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said, “We have a president, who is delusional in many respects, a pathological liar.”

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