Vice President Mike Pence in a new interview this week assailed Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. by name, declaring him a “disappointment to conservatives” and contrasting the Republican-appointed judge with “principled conservatives” the Trump administration has picked for the federal courts.

Over the past few weeks, since the end of the Supreme Court term, Roberts has faced new criticism from conservatives about a spate of rulings in which the chief justice aligned with the court’s liberal wing on issues of immigration, gay rights, abortion and virus-era restrictions on public gatherings for worship.

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