In his speech, the Minister of Defense said that he had “total trust in the judiciary but I know how to discern. I am referring to some public things that I have heard in which someone spoke of a judiciary that must have ‘a physiological anti-majoritarian function to protect rights’ “
“I am deeply struck by the attempt to mystify my words. I didn’t say that to me they tell of secret meetings, of conspiracies. I read some public interventions that I consider very serious on the question of justice”. This was said by Defense Minister Guido Crosetto who this morning responded to a question in the Chamber on the topic of justice after the interview with Corriere della Sera in which he spoke of “judicial opposition” to the government by sections of the judiciary.
“The clash between politics and the judiciary must end”
In his speech Crosetto said that he had “total faith in the judiciary but I know how to discern. I am referring to some public things that I have heard in which someone spoke of a judiciary that must have ‘a physiological anti-majoritarian function to protect rights'”. The minister then expressed his desire to open a “topic that we must discuss sooner or later: this clash between politics and the judiciary will have to end. I have found some magistrates – I have heard representatives of Area – who see the government as an attack on the judiciary, almost as if he doesn’t want to make her work. There are those who have said that the role of the judiciary must be to rebalance the popular will. But whoever has responsibility must be third: think if this sentence had been uttered by a general or a prefect”. The minister then added that “there were few people in the room. I thank Schlein and Conte for their presence. They demonstrated that their attention was true, I was sorry that many of those who in recent days had said that it was serious did not were there this morning.”
The intervention of Chiara Braga of the Democratic Party and Crosetto’s response
The leader of the Democratic Party Chiara Braga, speaking on the order of business in the Chamber on the occasion of the question to the minister, stated that “yesterday we learned that Crosetto would be speaking this morning. All the opposition groups had asked for information on the serious allegations on the judiciary. We reiterate the request for information in order to have a fully transparent debate on such a serious matter.” Replying to the group leader, Crosetto said he was “surprised by the intervention of the PD group leader Chiara Braga: I expected everything except for someone to challenge a minister who answers a question. Since the day after the interview I had indicated my willingness to report to Copasir , to the Anti-Mafia, to the Chamber”. Crosetto then added that “I was asked to replace my information on the Middle East with that on justice and I said no to that, explaining that if we want we can do one in addition. This was the quickest way to come to this Chamber, I’m sorry this upset anyone.”