Author: Josh Gerstein

Ninth Circuit upholds block on Trump’s travel ban – Politico

GOOGLE NEWS President Donald Trump “exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress” to oversee immigration, the court ruled. | AP Photo A three-judge panel unanimously turned down an administration request to lift an injunction blocking key parts of Trump’s revised order from taking effect. By Josh Gerstein 06/12/2017 01:22 PM EDT Updated 06/12/2017 01:57 PM EDT 2017-06-12T01:57-0400 President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban executive order suffered another legal blow Monday as a second federal appeals court weighed in against the legality of the directive. A three-judge 9th Circuit panel unanimously turned down an administration request...

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Carter-era ethics rulings loom over Trump kids – Politico

GOOGLE NEWS According to the Justice Department, it’s up to the president to make sure anyone acting like an appointee actually takes an oath of office. By Josh Gerstein 03/21/17 05:20 AM EDT President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka is getting a West Wing office and a security clearance – both key trappings of an official White House job. But she’s moving in without being sworn into a formal role, despite Justice Department legal opinions that urge the president to make sure that individuals engaged in government work hold some type of official federal post, in part to guarantee that...

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Feds ask Hawaii judge to narrow Trump travel ban injunction – Politico

The Justice Department argues that the TRO should have been more focused so it affected only Trump’s attempt to halt issuance of visas in six majority-Muslim countries. | AP Images Justice Department wants OK to proceed with refugee halt, lower refugee cap and policy reviews By Josh Gerstein 03/18/17 08:36 AM EDT The Trump administration is asking a federal judge in Hawaii to narrow the temporary restraining order he issued Wednesday blocking key parts of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban directive. The Justice Department filed a motion Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson arguing that the TRO should have been more focused so it affected only Trump’s attempt to halt issuance of visas in six majority-Muslim countries. Instead, the judge’s wording swept in several other aspects of Trump’s order, including a suspension of refugee admissions from around the globe, a lowering of the cap on refugees for the current fiscal year as well as a series of studies Trump ordered of existing vetting procedures. The Trump administration argued that Watson’s finding that Trump’s order targeted Muslims on the basis of their religion can only logically apply to the six-country visa suspension and not to the other provisions of the directive. “In concluding that Plaintiffs are likely to succeed on their Establishment Clause claim, the Court focused on the six countries affected by Section 2(c),” Justice Department...

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