Legal experts to Trump on travel ban: Put down the Twitter

by Garry Watts June 6, 2017, 5:37
Legal experts to Trump on travel ban: Put down the Twitter

By insisting on calling it a travel ban, Trump has ramped up a debate over whether his tweets could jeopardize the Justice Department's case as it attempts to reinstate the executive order that restricts travel from six Muslim-majority countries into the U.S.

Kellyanne Conway's husband on Monday defended his criticism of President Trump's tweets earlier in the day about his executive order on travel. "The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted". The lower courts have cited Trump's own statements, primarily on the campaign trail a year ago, that the order should be seen as a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" to reject the 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. The first order, which was signed at the end of his first week in office, was hastily unveiled without significant input from top Trump national security advisers or the agencies tasked with implementing the order.

Challengers could read his statements Monday morning as intent to disfavor Muslims in the ban, a point that has doomed the executive orders in court so far. That's the lawyer who represents the president at the Supreme Court.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday afternoon Trump "absolutely" supports the current travel ban.

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"Let the record reflect that Trump admits yet again that Muslim Ban 2.0 is nothing but "politically correct version" of Muslim Ban 1.0", Jamil Dakwar, director of the human rights program at the American Civil Liberties Union, which is behind one legal challenge to the ban. Trump also asserted that the USA needs an extreme vetting system for those wishing to enter the country "in order to help keep our country safe". He called the courts, which have blocked both versions of the travel ban, "slow and political".

But the government can't ask the court to impose a "much tougher version" than the ban Trump ordered - the justices will be looking at the order that was signed by the president.

Conservatives meanwhile were warning the tweets could undermine the administration's legal case.

On March 6, the Trump administration issued a revised executive order, removing Iraq from the list of countries, among other changes.

"Just like terrorists are constantly evolving and finding new ways to disrupt us, harm us, attack us, the police and experts and all of us are finding new ways to keep us safe", Khan said in a Sunday statement.


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