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How a Conservative Supreme Court and Trump's Appointees Declared Their Independence

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The Supreme Court's dismissal of President Trump's claims of immunity was a reminder that institutional prerogatives still matter in Washington, even in a time of extreme partisanship.
Like his predecessors, Mr. Trump was unhappy with the rulings, although aides sought to calm him by assuring him that he could continue fighting in lower courts. But he expressed deep anger at Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, seeing their votes as a betrayal, according to a person familiar with his reaction.

But the two justices only followed in the footsteps of their predecessors by rejecting the president who put them on the court. While each of them has generally sided with Mr. Trump since taking office, in this case they drew a line. Neither is personally close to Mr. Trump nor is either thought to be much of an admirer of the president, so some saw the decision as a way to distance themselves.

"My guess is their feeling about him is, 'We intend to be…
Peter Baker
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