US Chief Justice Roberts decries "partisan hostility"

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Posted: Apr 11, 2017 4:42 PM

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts says the "partisan hostility" surrounding the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch is of concern because it could undermine public confidence in the apolitical nature of the judicial system.

Roberts spoke Tuesday at an upstate New York college a day after Gorsuch was sworn in by President Donald Trump at the White House. The appearance in Troy was billed as a conversation with Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER') Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson.

When Jackson asked about the "extremely partisan" confirmation process, Roberts said politics don't carry over into the court's decision-making. Roberts says the judiciary does its business in a "completely non-partisan way."

Roberts was nominated as chief justice by President George W. Bush in 2005 after the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist.