Legal experts to Trump on travel ban: Twitter hurting cause

Legal experts to Trump on travel ban: Twitter hurting cause

In a series of early morning tweets, Trump urged the Justice Department to ask for an "expedited hearing" at the high court and seek a "much tougher version" of the order temporarily blocking entry to the US from a half-dozen majority Muslim countries.

It is not impossible that this could make the high court more reluctant to grant Trump the broad latitude his administration is demanding - suggesting, once again, that Trump's own impulsive words and tweets are badly sapping credibility and could undermine his own agenda.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of unaffiliated voters view Trump's travel ban as anti-terrorist and they favor it by a margin of 50% to 39%. Trump has already seen his past statements, and those of his surrogates, used against him in court, particularly his calling for a Muslim ban in December of 2015.

Attorneys who sued are saying Trump's comments will help their case. Katyal wrote in his own Twitter post.

Trump's original order, issued on January 27, imposed a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It's basically free legal advice for Trump. But that strategy has not proven effective yet, as judges have taken Trump's statements into consideration. Most of the states had also backed Trump earlier in the litigation.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of USA voters say the executive order aims to keep out terrorists, not discriminate against Muslims.

But Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor, said Trump was making that argument much less tenable by calling the revised order "politically correct". "I think it's frankly refreshing". They have argued strenuously against giving any weight to what he said as a candidate - such as his repeated calls back then for a "Muslim ban".

The Justice Department says the courts should look only at the text of the order, not at the president's comments during the 2016 election campaign about imposing a ban on Muslims.

Evidence for this impulse comes from the third tweet, which says the Department of Justice should ask for expedited review before the court - and "seek a much tougher version". "I believe it is unprecedented for a president to publicly chastise his own Justice Department".

Trump said the Justice Department should seek a "much tougher version" and made clear - despite his press secretary's past remarks to the contrary - that the executive order is a "ban", not a pause on some sources of immigration or an enhanced vetting system.

At the top of the monologue, Colbert got into Trump kicking off "Infrastructure Week" on Monday: "It's like Shark Week, except American infrastructure might actually kill you".

However Conway's husband, George Conway, a lawyer who withdrew last week from contention for a senior Justice Department job, said in a Twitter message that while Trump's tweets might "make some people feel better", they would not help the government get five votes in the Supreme Court.

"That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain risky countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people", he tweeted.

Legal experts said Trump's tweets on Monday could complicate his legal team's efforts to defend the ban. His Twitter missive notwithstanding, Sanders insisted Trump "isn't concerned with what you call it", only with protecting Americans.

On Friday, the Supreme Court asked the challengers of the travel ban to file responses to the emergency request by June 12.

On Saturday night, three knife-wielding attackers in fake suicide vests unleashed a terror rampage in the British capital, plowing a van into pedestrians on the iconic London Bridge before stabbing revellers in nearby Borough market, killing seven people.

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