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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on women in healthcare, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump is considering breaking up the court that's blocked his executive orders


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.

Trump accused his opponents of "judge shopping" by filing cases in the Ninth Circuit.

We have a big country ... but they immediately run to the Ninth Circuit. Because they know that's, like, semi-automatic.
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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.

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President Donald Trump takes his seat after speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance ceremony. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Republican lawmakers have repeatedly introduced bills that would create a new circuit court to lighten the load, the Examiner reports. 

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