Trump blasts Justice Department over travel ban

Angie Massey
June 8, 2017

George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and one-time top contender of a key Justice Department job, took to Twitter Monday to criticize President Donald Trump for his morning travel ban tweets.

The courts in January halted Trump's initial order, which banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries and indefinitely halted entry to Syrian refugees.

Fresh from reigniting for his Travel Ban argument and his spat with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, following Saturday's deadly terror attack at London Bridge, US President Donald Trump returned to Twitter Monday morning spoiling for a Supreme Court fight to resurrect his ban.

President Trump reignited the debate over his travel ban after this weekend's terrorist attack in London that killed 7 people.

Trump also tweeted on Monday that his administration was implementing tougher vetting of would-be visitors to the United States, adding: "The courts are slow and political!".

CNN reported that early in the administration, White House press secretary Sean Spicer chided reporters for calling Trump's plan a travel ban.

Trump's administration last week appealed to the Supreme Court, after lower courts had temporarily frozen the implementation of his order to consider whether it violates protections on freedom of religion.

Remember, candidate Trump had called for a "Muslim ban". We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!

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The ACLU replied quickly, noting that Trump has "confirmed the ban is a BAN" while also conceding that the second executive order issued in March was substantively the same as the first.

So have Trump's new tweets tanked his own legal case before the courts?

The lawyer for the challengers in the Ninth Circuit pointed to Trump " s tweets as evidence that the ban is discriminatory.

Now, Trump appears to be undermining his administration's case, an act of self-destruction that, as one commentator noted on Twitter, "should help the court case against him".

If anything, the Supreme Court may be more likely to hear the case in light of the tweets, to determine once and for all how far the president's power goes, said Peter Margulies, a law professor at Roger Williams.

Keller added that courts should be careful when second-guessing a president's national security determinations, an argument that echoes the administration's view that the judiciary should defer to the president on such matters. The Brennan Center for Justice, a liberal legal think tank, sounded this alarm Monday, warning that Trump's "troubling pattern of attacking judges and the courts for rulings he disagrees with. threatens our entire system of government". According to the petition, Congress and the Supreme Court have agreed that the executive branch has extremely broad discretion to set immigration policies to assure national security.

Trump needs five votes from the 9-judge court in his favor to put the ban into effect. If he is referring to the latter, then did he inadvertently tip what he intends to do after the Supreme Court completes its review?

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