Jan. 20: Il capo della giustizia John Roberts amministra il giuramento al presidente Donald Trump, chi giura “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Jan. 27: Trump signs an executive order for a new travel ban
, a key provision of which bars foreigners from seven countries
, most of them majority-Muslim
Jan. 31: Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch
, a judge on a Denver-based US appeals court
, for the Supreme Court vacancy that has been open since Justice Antonin Scalia died in February
Feb. 3: US District Court James Robart temporarily blocks the Muslim travel ban
. Il giorno successivo, Trump calls Robart a “so-called judge”
e dice, “if something happens blame him and the court system.
” (Litigation over the travel ban continues
, and the administration twice amends the order before the case reaches the Supreme Court.
marzo 16: Appeals court Judge Jay Bybee
, an appointee of President George W
. cespuglio, implicitly calls out Trump’s tirade against Robart and other judges
: “The personal attacks on the distinguished district judge
) and our colleagues were out of all bounds of civic and persuasive discourse
— particularly when they came from the parties
. … Such personal attacks treat the court as though it were merely a political forum in which bargaining
, compromesso, and even intimidation are accepted principles.
aprile 7: The Senate confirms Gorsuch by a
54-45 vote after Senate Republicans abolished the 60-vote threshold that had been needed to cut off a Democratic filibuster
April-June: Supreme Court sides with the Trump administration’s position in a series of
5-4 decisions favoring employers over workers
, including to stop states from requiring
” union fees from non-members to pay for collective bargaining on pay and benefits
; by the same
5-4 votazione, the justices uphold an Ohio voter purge law
giugno 26: The most prominent case of the session
, Trump v
. Hawaii, also breaks along those
, as the five-justice conservative majority upholds the third iteration of the Trump travel ban
. Roberts says Trump’s order
“is an act that is well within executive authority and could have been taken by any other President.
” He brushes aside dissenting justices
’ reminders of Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and says the court must consider “the authority of the Presidency itself.”
giugno 27: Justice Anthony Kennedy
, un 1988 appointee of President Ronald Reagan
, announces his retirement
luglio 9: Trump nominates appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Kennedy.
Il Senate confirms Kavanaugh
in un 50-48 vote following weeks of partisan divisions
, including over claims by a California psychology professor
, Christine Blasey Ford
, that he sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers
Ott. 8: Trump holds a ceremonial investiture for Kavanaugh in the White House’s East Room
, at which he apologizes to Kavanaugh on behalf of the nation
, detto, “voi, signore, under historic scrutiny
, were proven innocent.
” That misstates the situation
. Kavanaugh denied all allegations but no trial or hearing on the charges was held and the claims were neither conclusively validated nor rejected
Nov. 21: After Trump disparages a judge who ruled against the administration in an asylum dispute as an
,” Chief Justice Roberts issues a rare and striking response that begins
, “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges
, Bush judges or Clinton judges.
gennaio: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg misses a two-week sitting of oral arguments after she is treated for lung cancer
; two cancerous nodules were removed from her lung in late December
Jan. 22: The Supreme Court lets the Trump administration ban most transgender people from serving in the military da a 5-4 votazione along conservative-liberal lines
. Trump had announced the ban via Twitter in July
Feb. 19: Ginsburg returns to the bench to participate in the most important cases of the annual session, over partisan gerrymandering and the 2020 census questionnaire.
giugno 27: Chief Justice Roberts sides with the court’s four liberals to effectively end the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the census
. Allo stesso tempo, Roberts casts the fifth vote with conservatives and writes the opinion declaring that federal judges may not resolve challenges to partisan gerrymanders
luglio 26: The Supreme Court lets the Trump administration redirect $ 2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to begin building a wall at the southern border
, da a 5-4 vote controlled by the conservative majority
Dic. 13: The Supreme Court agrees to take up long-running disputes over subpoenas for Trump tax records and other financial documents on the same day that a Democratic-led US House committee votes articles of impeachment against Trump. The full House impeaches Trump later in December.
Dic. 31: As part of his year-end report
, Chief Justice Roberts writes
, “We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary
, a key source of national unity and stability
. But we should also remember that justice is not inevitable.
Jan. 21 to Feb. 5: Chief Justice Roberts presides over the US Senate trial of Trump. The Republican-led Senate easily acquits Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
febbraio: A Supreme Court dispute over a new rule for green-card applications prompts Trump’s ire
, although the administration prevailed
. After the five-just conservative bloc let the Trump administration enforce a new
“carica pubblica” rule immigrants who might need food stamps or other public benefits
, Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissents
, pointing up the majority’s pattern of siding with the administration
. briscola lashes out on Twitter against Sotomayor and Ginsburg
giugno 18: Chief Justice Roberts breaks with his conservative brethren and joins the four liberals to reject Trump’s effort to roll back the Obama-era DACA program for undocumented immigrants who came to the US as minors
. Trump tweets
: “Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me
luglio 9: By a pair of
7-2 voti, the Supreme Court rejects Trump’s arguments to keep his finances secret in the face of subpoenas from US House committees and the Manhattan district attorney
. But the compromise court decisions give Trump additional ways to fight the subpoenas
. Trump leaves office having relinquished none of the disputed financial documents
Sett. 18: Justice Ginsburg dies
, after months of struggles with cancer and other health problems
Sett. 26: Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett on September
26 in a Rose Garden ceremony that turns out to be a coronavirus “super-spreader” evento
Ott. 26: The Senate confirms Barrett on a 52-48 votazione
, along strictly partisan lines
Ott. 26: The five-justice conservative majority declines to extend a deadline for mail-in ballots in Wisconsin
. The decision reinforces a pattern of rejecting changes in absentee ballot deadlines and other election practices because of Covid-19
Dic. 11: The nine justices unanimously reject a case brought by Texas and other Republican states challenging the Nov
. 3 election results that showed Joe Biden beating Trump
. The Texas attorney general had sued Pennsylvania and three other battleground states that Biden won
. Trump backed the litigation with his own filing to the justices and called the case
“the big one.