Ginsburg on Trump's call for court to end impeachment: 'The president is not a lawyer'

Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgMore Democrats than Republicans say Supreme Court key to 2020 vote Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  Ginsburg discharged from hospital after nonsurgical procedure MORE on Monday responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s suggestion that the Supreme Court could stop the impeachment process, saying "the president is not a lawyer."

“He’s not law-trained,” Ginsburg continued after being asked by BBC reporter Razia Iqbal about Trump's proposal, according to WWD and CNN.

“But the truth is, the judiciary is a reactive institution. We don’t have a program, we don’t have an agenda. We react to what’s out there,” she continued.


Ginsburg's remarks came during an event in New York City hosted by the Berggruen Institute, where she received their Prize for Philosophy & Culture.

Earlier this month, Trump questioned whether he or his Republican allies could ask the justices to halt the House impeachment inquiry. 

"Great job! Radical Left has NO CASE," Trump wrote in a Dec. 2 tweet. "Read the Transcripts. Shouldn’t even be allowed. Can we go to Supreme Court to stop?"

The Constitution states that the U.S. House of Representatives "shall have the sole Power of Impeachment" and the Senate "shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments." 

The founding document also states that when the president is on trial, "the Chief Justice shall preside," but prescribes no other impeachment role for the Supreme Court.