Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate nearing deal on defense bill after setback Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE (R-Texas) says that breaking up the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals is “certainly a possibility.”
“The 9th Circuit is the largest federal court of appeals,” he said Thursday on “The Jack Riccardi Show.”
“I think that’s a topic I can easily see the [Senate] Judiciary Committee taking up, and we’ll have to see whether we have to votes to do that or not.”
Cruz added that California’s inclusion in the court’s jurisdiction has given it a liberal tilt.
“I think many of the Western states are weighted down by California,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate said.
“California has a ton of very liberal, left-wing judges that they put on the 9th Circuit. I think a lot of the other Western states would love to be freed from that corrosive left-wing influence.”
President Trump said Wednesday he has “absolutely” considered proposals to break up the 9th Circuit after earlier that day slamming its “ridiculous rulings” against him.
“There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit,” he said, accusing people of going "judge shopping" there. “It’s outrageous.”
“Everybody immediately runs to the 9th Circuit,” Trump added of cases against his administration. “Because they know, that’s like, semi-automatic.”
Earlier Wednesday, Trump railed against the 9th Circuit over a judge blocking his order withholding funds from sanctuary cities.
A district judge in San Francisco, not the appeals circuit, on Tuesday blocked enforcement of that executive order.
The 9th Circuit will hear the White House’s appeal of the lower court’s ruling, which would affect cities refusing to enforce federal immigration laws.
Republicans have criticized the court’s makeup because Democratic presidents have appointed 18 of its 25 judges.