Federal Judge Says Court Proceedings Will Continue on Trump’s Travel Ban
A federal judge has ordered the case regarding President Trump’s travel ban to continue and not to be delayed as the Trump administration has requested.
Breaking: Judge Robart says en banc review of Trump travel ban should NOT slow down proceedings in Seattle, orders both sides to continue
— Dan Levine (@FedcourtJunkie) February 13, 2017
At Seattle court hearing, Robart said he was "surprised" DOJ asked for a delay, given @realDonaldTrump tweets after the 9th Circuit ruling.
— Dan Levine (@FedcourtJunkie) February 14, 2017
The Hill reports:
U.S. District Judge James Robart ordered both sides in the legal battle to continue on Monday, and reportedly expressed surprise that the White House had even requested a delay since Trump declared “SEE YOU IN COURT” on Twitter last week.
Trump came under fire over a week ago for labeling Robart – who had put Trump’s travel ban on a temporary hold while the legal case against it proceeds — a “so-called” judge and accusing the courts of being politically motivated.
The Trump administration asked Robart earlier on Monday to postpone the district court case until the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decides whether to rehear a three-judge panel’s decision last Thursday to keep the immigration policy on ice.
An unknown 9th Circuit judge requested Friday that the entire appeals court vote on whether to rehear the case through “en banc” review. That process would task an 11-judge panel to review the case and could result in another hearing. A majority of the active judges would need to agree to review the case.
There were mixed signals on Friday about whether the White House would appeal to the Supreme Court or defend the policy on its merits in district court in Seattle.
Trump has also hinted that he may be signing a “brand new” executive order this week, though he continued to say that the administration would fight for the policy in district court.
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