Some of President Trump's highest-profile executive orders have been shot down in the courts. Specifically, one court: the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
President Trump confirmed Wednesday he's considering proposals to split up the court, which he says is overly liberal.
Most recently, U.S. District Judge William Orrick blocked Trump's order that withheld funds from "sanctuary cities." Orrick said Trump overstepped his authority. The same court also blocked Trump's travel ban.
Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the "ban" case and now the "sanctuary" case is brought in ...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2017
Trump accused his opponents of "judge shopping" by filing cases in the Ninth Circuit.
...the Ninth Circuit, which has a terrible record of being overturned (close to 80%). They used to call this "judge shopping!" Messy system.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2017
We have a big country ... but they immediately run to the Ninth Circuit. Because they know that's, like, semi-automatic.
Trump told the Washington Examiner that "many people" want to break up the circuit. It has long been a target of Republican ire. 18 of the circuit's 25 judges were appointed by Democratic presidents, and it covers nine states and two territories. That heavy caseload has led to backlog.
Republican lawmakers have repeatedly introduced bills that would create a new circuit court to lighten the load, the Examiner reports.