Trump seeks 'much tougher' travel ban, expedited hearing

Jadwat is the ACLU lawyer for International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump - the travel ban case in the Fourth Circuit that the Justice Department asked the justices to review.

"It's kinda odd to have the defendant in Hawaii v Trump acting as our co-counsel", Neal Katyal, the attorney for a group of West Coast plaintiffs, said in a tweet of his own. Trump argued in a Twitter post for leaders to "stop being politically correct" and to focus on "security for our people".

After the original order was stayed by courts, the administration issued a revised order. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety! Mr Trump's advocates-highly skilled, hard-working lawyers at the Department of Justice-have been striving to explain to federal judges across the land why the president's unprecedented effort to ban travel from six Muslim-majority nations is not the so-called Muslim ban he called for in December 2015, or even a "ban" at all.

Calling the second ban "watered down" and "politically correct" undermines your legal team.

"These tweets are basically winking at his supporters to say, obviously, I'm only doing this so that the courts will uphold it", Vladeck said.

Trump's previous comments and tweets about the ban have already been used against the lawyers arguing on his behalf.

Lawyers from the Justice Department (DOJ) had been avoiding the ban rhetoric, referring to the policy as the Executive Order or the Order in briefs.

Conway's tweets followed Kellyanne's comments on NBC's "The Today Show" implying that Trump's tweet should not be taken so seriously.

"The president doesn't care what you call it, whether you call it a ban, whether you call it a restriction", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

"The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered-down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!" Still, she said he'd signed the revised ban "for the purposes of expediency" and wasn't considering a third version of the ban.

With the seven victims of Saturday's attack not yet buried, Trump repeatedly criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan, whom he accused of playing down the terror threat. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The second-guessing about Trump's Twitter strategy extended to the husband of one Trump's senior advisers.

Conway recently withdrew from consideration for a top position at the Justice Department. Law professor Josh Blackman called Trump "the worst client" for the Justice Department's solicitor general.

Lawyers for the government have said the president wants to protect the country from potential acts of terrorism and is not seeking to discriminate against Muslims.

"Mr. President, you can't criticize the Justice Department". The Supreme Court would not be the body to enact a ban; the justices will be weighing whether Trump's order is constitutional.

The March directive narrowed the scope of the original order, which was hastily unveiled during Trump's first week in office.

The ACLU posted a tweet Monday afternoon: "Yes, we may incorporate @realDonaldTrump's tweets about the ban into our Supreme Court argument". The narrower order temporarily halts entry to the United States from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is necessary to protect USA national security.

I think that what we've said with respect to the executive order in question has been fairly consistent since its implementation and the first court action.

It's unclear when it will make that decision.

  • Larry Hoffman