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AP query to SCOTUS chief triggers rare rebuke of Trump

Few things in Washington journalism are as futile as asking Supreme Court justices to comment on a controversial subject – they always say no. But after President Donald Trump made disparaging remarks about judges on a federal court circuit, Supreme Court reporter Mark Sherman did seek comment, prompting Chief Justice John Roberts’ unprecedented rebuke of Trump, scoring a major scoop on what quickly became the top story in the United States. The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and most, if not all other news organizations, mentioned that Roberts’ statement was the result of AP’s inquiry.

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