Trump attacks Justice Dept.

Claudine Rigal
Juin 11, 2017

Trump's Twitter barrage risked undercutting his administration's legal arguments in support of presidential directive, which he argues is crucial to safeguarding American security.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told NBC today that Trump's tweet Sunday was not a political attack.

President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at the mayor of London over a statement he made in the wake of the attacks in the city, urged Congress to approve his infrastructure plans and rebuked his own Justice Department for what he said was a "watered down" version of his travel ban.

In a series of Monday morning tweets, Trump says the Justice Department "should have stayed" with his first executive order aimed at temporarily halting entry to the USA from a half-dozen Muslim majority countries.

Texas and 15 other states filed briefs with the Supreme Court on Monday asking the justices to reinstate President Trump's travel ban policy, saying they're convinced it's both legal and justified.

"But the President is going to continue taking aggressive steps every single day to protect the people in this country", said the White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders.

Still, Dershowitz said he believes Trump's unfettered tweeting will not hurt the Supreme Court case on the travel ban - because there is no literal mention of a "Muslim ban".

Trump's campaign once included a call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, a policy that was later changed to advocating "extreme vetting" for people from countries with a link to terrorism.

That said what exactly does President Trump have to gain by attacking his own administration on Twitter?

However Conway's husband, George Conway, a lawyer who withdrew last week from contention for a senior Justice Department job, said in a Twitter message that while Trump's tweets might "make some people feel better", they would not help the government get five votes in the Supreme Court.

Half of likely voters support President Trump's temporary ban on travelers to the US from six Muslim-majority nations, according to a new poll.

"We need to be smart, vigilant and tough", the president tweeted as reports of the violence were coming in.

The Justice Department has appealed to the Supreme Court after lower courts blocked the president's revised executive order that would restrict travel from six majority-Muslim countries.

The second version of the ban, in contrast to the first one, did not include citizens of Iraq and modified the provision on Syrian refugees.

Justice department lawyers might also have a tougher time arguing that their revised executive order is substantially different from the first one.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about George Conway's tweets.

The poll also finds that half of Americans (50%) favor the measure which would temporarily halt travel to the US from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, countries known to have ties to terrorism.

The brief said the order did not violation the Constitution's ban on the government favoring or disfavoring any particular religion or its guarantee of due process.

The administration said the travel ban was needed so it could evaluate existing screening protocols and set new ones.

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