Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Trump campaign removes controversial Muslim ban language from website

Trump campaign removes controversial Muslim ban language from website

But that core provision of the ban was blocked by Federal Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland less than two weeks later, on the grounds that the ban was unconstitutional because it targeted Muslims - a conclusion hinged largely on past statements made by Trump.

The president's first executive order restricting visitors from a handful of majority-Muslim countries provoked chaos at airports across the country in January. He described the ban as merely a handful of statements by the candidate, rather than a central piece of Trump's campaign, and said the Maryland judge had mistakenly conducted a "psychoanalysis" of the president based on these campaign comments.

Wall also insisted that despite the fact the countries subject to the ban - Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan - have Muslim-majority populations, "this is not a Muslim ban".

President Trump has said he will take the travel ban to the Supreme Court if necessary.

That's when a federal judge stepped in and put the ban on hold. The ACLU's Omar Jadwat said, we need to be able to look for an improper motive here, one that would violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution that says you can't favor one religion over another. He said the aim of the 90-day window was to free up the government to do the review, but instead manpower has been devoted to litigating the cases brought against the ban.

While the judges argued back and forth over whether Trump's order was based on national security or religious discrimination, several asked about procedure issues.

National media flocked to Richmond yesterday, where the latest courtroom challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban took place.

"Which are the statements are relevant here?" Wynn asked in reference to some of Trump's comments. Mr. Trump issued a revised order in March that he said met the judges' objections. In any case, he said, "I still think the statements are ambiguous".

That statement was removed Monday shortly after reporters asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer about it during a news briefing.

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Both also said they have not been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about leaks from Trump's administration. Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner said Monday after the hearing's conclusion that he is declining comment on Yates' testimony.

The challenge for Jeffrey Wall, a Justice Department lawyer representing the administration, will be to persuade judges that the proposed restrictions on entry to the United States fall within established presidential authority.

But Richard Primus, a professor of constitutional law at the University of MI law school, said he thinks the Supreme Court will ultimately hear the case no matter what the appeals courts decide.

It is unclear when the 4th Circuit judges will make a ruling.

Judge Robert King, also a Democratic appointee, later added: "He has never repudiated what he said about the Muslim ban". The Trump Administration has appealed that ruling as well. In reviewing the decision of a federal district judge in Maryland, who blocked the ban from going into effect, the judges of the 4 Circuit focused nearly exclusively on the question of whether Trump's campaign pledge to ban Muslims should be taken into consideration when weighing the constitutionality of the travel ban.

Protesters critical of the travel ban gathered outside the courthouse under sunny skies, holding signs saying "Immigrants and refugees enrich America" and "No ban, no wall, no white supremacy".

Meanwhile, a group of 12 state attorneys general and the governor of MS argued that the action is not a "pretext for religious discrimination" and should be allowed to take effect. "No culture, or class or religion should be discriminated against".

Trump will nominate Joan Larsen, who now serves on Michigan's Supreme Court, to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and David Stras, a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court bench, to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

The administration's list was developed with heavy input from conservative think tanks the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, who also helped the president put together his list of 21 potential Supreme Court picks to fill the void left by the death of Scalia previous year.

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