Hawaii lawmakers criticize Sessions' island judge remarks

Two U.S. Senators of Hawaii and other politicians on Thursday slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his remarks about a federal judge who halted President Donald Trump's revised travel ban last month.

"We are confident that the President will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit", he said. Richard Blumenthal said Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' remarks on Hawaii were "really weird". Sessions was criticizing a ruling from a judge in Hawaii that blocked President Trump's travel ban when he called the state "an island in the Pacific".

"I got to tell you - it's a point worth making that a single sitting judge out of 600, 700 district judges can issue an order stopping a presidential executive order that I believe is fully constitutional, created to protect the United States of America from terrorist attacks", Sessions said.

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin responded to Sessions' comments on Thursday, accusing Sessions of dismissing a federal judge who equal power under the US Constitution. Sound off in the comments, my buds! "Jeff Sessions' comments are ignorant & risky".

Hirono also said Sessions' remarks suggested he is prejudiced against Hawaii. The judge received received threats after Trump complained about the ruling.

"It's my home. Have some respect", he said.

Hawaii became the 50th state of the U.S.in 1959.


Sessions said numerous judges who have ruled on Trump's executive orders have come up with "really weird interpretations".

A Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesperson later attempted to clarify Sessions's remarks. Those comments, including an allegation that he called a black assistant attorney general a "boy", prevented him from attaining a federal judgeship in 1986.

"Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific - a handsome one where the Attorney General's granddaughter was born", he said. Still, Sessions reiterated that line of argument in the radio interview, saying he believed that the judge's reasoning was improper and would be overturned.

"The judges don't get to psychoanalyze the President to see if the order he issues is lawful", Sessions said.

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