Kennedy slams Roberts over ruling on Louisiana abortion law: ‘He flip-flopped like a banked catfish’

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Chief Justice John Roberts sided with liberal justices as the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital; reaction from Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., blasted Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Monday after the court struck down a Louisiana law requiring individuals who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

« The chief justice today joined with four liberals on the court to strike down the Louisiana statute, » Kennedy told host Martha MacCallum. « Four years ago in a case out of Texas, same statute, same issue, the chief justice voted with the conservatives. Today, he voted with the liberals. He changed his vote. He flip-flopped. He flip-flopped like a banked catfish. »

« This is why so many people think that our federal courts, our federal judges, have become nothing but politicians in robes, » added Kennedy, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kennedy also slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as « immature » and « sophomoric » Monday for implying that President Trump has been blackmailed by the Russian government.

« You know, you can only be young once, but you can always be immature, » Kennedy told « The Story. » « The speaker has made a number of sophomoric observations like that, and I think we just have to ignore her. »

On Sunday, Pelosi responded to a New York Times report that Moscow had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan by telling ABC’s « This Week » that she did not know « what the Russians have on the president politically, personally, financially or whatever it is. »

« This is as bad as it gets, » she added. « And yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score. »

Kennedy said he was skeptical of the Times report, telling MacCallum that « we have no indication, no evidence that the story is accurate. »

« I don’t know what the facts are here. Everybody is getting all lathered up over a story that appeared in The New York Times, » he said. « We all know, any person knows, that The New York Times hates Republicans. The New York Times would support a dead raccoon over a Republican if the raccoon had a ‘D’ behind its name. »

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