President Trump accused federal judges Wednesday of playing politics by suspending his travel ban and forcefully went after the appeals judges who are deciding whether to uphold that decision.
"It’s a sad day," Trump said. "I think our security is at risk today, and it will be at risk until we get what we are entitled to."
Speaking to a gathering of police chiefs in Washington, Trump put on a highly public show of trying to sway the judges. They heard arguments a day earlier in the lawsuit over his executive order suspending all refugee admissions and canceling visas from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has earned a rare rebuke by the Senate for — believe it or not — quoting Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor.
The Massachusetts Democrat ran afoul of the chamber's arcane rules by reading a 30-year-old letter from Dr. Martin Luther King's widow that dated to Sen. Jeff Sessions' failed judicial nomination three decades ago.
The chamber is debating the Alabama Republican's nomination for attorney general, with Democrats dropping senatorial niceties to oppose Sessions and Republicans sticking up for him.
The GOP majority on the House Administration Committee voted to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which was created by Congress after the 2000 Florida recount to upgrade voting technology and provide election-related information to federal entities, state officials and election administrators.
A lawyer for the Trump administration ran into skeptical questions from a panel of federal judges as the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals began a hearing on the president's travel ban.
"Haven't there been allegations here of bad faith" by President Trump in his decision making, asked Judge Michelle T. Friedland, referring to claims that the executive order restricting travel from seven countries was a thinly disguised way of banning Muslims from the country.
The three-judge 9th Circuit panel is hearing arguments on whether to allow Trump's executive order to be implemented. A district court judge in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the government from putting the executive order into effect.
Observers on both sides of the aisle are watching as a federal appeals court hears arguments on whether to stay a restraining order on President Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
To be blunt: It’s the big story of the day.
In the conservative media — which we're going to be watching more closely as a new GOP administration gets rolling — it's all about blocking the terrorist threat to the country.
Since being elected, he has signaled a move toward more protectionist policies, suggesting at one point a border tax of 20% on imported goods. Those policies may affect the auto industry differently than in the past.
Even before Donald Trump entered the White House, many were predicting federal courts would serve as an important check on his use of presidential power, particularly given his aggressive style and a GOP-led Congress that so has far been loath to confront him.
But few expected the first constitutional clash would occur in Trump’s third week on the job.
Fortunately for Trump, the law on immigration and related matters favors the president. Legal precedents traditionally have accorded the chief executive complete and nearly unchecked power to deny foreigners permission to enter the United States.
The White House again insisted Tuesday that the courts ultimately will find that President Trump's travel ban is constitutional, making its case hours before a hearing that could determine whether the administration can resume enforcement of the directive.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended what he said was the president's "immediate and decisive action" to suspend travel from seven mostly Muslim nations "to make sure that this country and our people are protected."
"That's what he's talking about, is making sure that we don't have any regret ... that we haven't done something to protect people," Spicer said, citing existing law that grants a president broad authority to suspend immigration in the event of a potential threat.
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly denied Tuesday that a senior White House aide asked him to keep in place a temporary ban on allowing green card holders to enter the U.S.
Permanent residents were caught up in the early hours of President Trump's temporary bans on entry by refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. After the orders sowed confusion and drew widespread condemnation, the Department of Homeland Security clarified that green card holders would not be kept out of the country.
According to a weekend report in the Washington Post, Kelly was asked by senior White House counselor Steve Bannon to preserve the ban on green card holders. The White House strongly denied the story, and Kelly echoed that stance at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, calling the report "untrue."