The White House published incorrect versions of Trump executive orders online
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 21:58
The Federal Register painstakingly types every word of each executive order, so they have a slow turnaround.
The versions posted online differ in several ways from the the executive orders that were sent to the Federal Register, USA TODAY found.
"Rather than continuing this litigation, the President intends in the near future to rescind the Order and replace it with a new, substantially revised Executive Order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns", the DOJ said in a brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9 Circuit. It is codified and then annually published as the Code of Federal Regulations.
USA Today is reporting that the White House website is posting inaccurate copies of Trump's executive orders.
The public sees the White House version more often, it said, meaning inaccuracies can mislead readers until an official document is released.
But then, you don't work at President Trump's White House. Not 8 U.S.C. Section 1202 that requires the in-person interview. The correct citation, made in the Federal Register version, is section 207 of title 18.
"We would never correct something that the president signs", said Jim Hemphill, a spokesman for the Federal Register.
In another incident, the White House referred to a section of the US code that doesn't exist.
John Wonderlich, the director of a government transparency advocacy group called the Sunlight Foundation, told the newspaper the changes may indicate a deeper problem with the review process within the administration for Executive Orders.
Trump has said his directive, issued last month, was necessary to protect the United States from attacks by Islamist militants, barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days.