WASHINGTON D.C. – Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations and suspending refugee admissions.
In an all-caps Tweet, President Trump declared “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”
It was pleasing news for U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). “Tonight’s ruling is a first step victory for the core values of our democracy and demonstrates why an independent judiciary is so important,” Hirono said in a statement. “For all the chaos created by this executive order, the wiser course would be for President Trump to rescind this unconstitutional order immediately.”
“Today’s 3-0 decision by the Ninth Circuit is a victory for Americans,” said Hawaii Attorney General Chin. “Hawaii’s interests in stopping actions that discriminate against persons strictly based upon national origin and religion are protected for now, but this case is not over.”
On Feb. 7, Hawaii federal district judge Derrick K. Watson stayed a lawsuit filed by AG Chin on Feb. 3, so long as the nationwide injunction remains in place.
Chin is alleging that the Executive Order “violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment, denies equal protection of the law, and violates due process rights and other federal statutes.”
The news ends a long day of judiciary-related questions that plagued the administration as a result of comments made by Trump over the legal block of his controversial January 27 Executive Order.
Trump was criticized for his social media comments directed towards the opinion of U.S. District Judge James L. Robart.
“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump tweeted.
At the same time, Senator Hirono joined Democratic Leader Charles Schumer in a call for thorough vetting of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Senator Hirono questioned “whether Judge Gorsuch would be a rubber stamp for the President’s radical agenda”, and denounced the President’s tweet attack.
“Now this nominee comes from a President who not only doesn’t appear to understand that the judiciary is a separate branch of government, but does not respect that independence,” Hirono said. “So when President Trump called the judge who disagreed with his executive order on immigration a ‘so-called judge,’ that is not a ‘so-called judge,’ that is a judge. We don’t call the President the so-called President.”
Trump’s tweet would eventually entangle his SCOTUS nominee directly.
According to media reports, Gorsuch told Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut that he found the president’s attacks on the judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
“His comments were misrepresented,” President Trump said at a SCOTUS Listening Session at the J.W. Marriott in Washington on Feb. 8. “And what you should do is ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record that didn’t exist after years of saying it did. So ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record. He misrepresented that just like he misrepresented Judge Gorsuch.”
Today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took a number of questions on the Trump – Gorsuch comments.
Spicer said Trump “absolutely” stands by his Supreme Court nomination, and has “has no regrets”.