Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a page out of Donald Trump’s playbook on Thursday as he went after the judge in Hawaii who has issued an injunction against the enforcement of Trump’s infamous travel ban, which many consider a Muslim ban.
“We’ve got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they’ve been hostile to the order,” Sessions said in an interview on ‘The Mark Levin Show’ responding to a question on the President’s executive order.
“We won a case in Virginia recently that was a nicely-written order that just demolished, I thought, all the arguments that some of the other people have been making.”
“We are confident that the President will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit,” he added. “So this is a huge matter. I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”
A judge in Hawaii in March placed a nationwide injunction on the President’s second attempt at a travel ban — Travel Ban 2.0 as some call it.
The temporary order blocked the major parts of the ban, specifically, a temporary suspension of the refugee resettlement program and a block on individuals from six nations which are majority Muslim from entering the U.S. for a period of 90 days. Considering that the original travel ban was signed some 90 days ago in order to allow the administration to design and implement its promised “extreme vetting,” it seems that the administration should be rolling out its vetting plan rather than try to revive the ban.
It also belies the entire basis for imposing a ban in the first instance as the 90 period has passed and no terrorist attacks have occurred on U.S. soil, nor have there been reports of any such attempts being foiled by U.S. law enforcement.
During his interview, Sessions also advised that judges should not get to “psychoanalyze” the President in order to decide whether his order is lawful.
“I think that it will be real important for America to have judges in the model of Judge (Neil) Gorsuch and (the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin) Scalia, people who serve under the law, under the Constitution, not above it, and they are faithful to the law,” Sessions said.
“They honor it and don’t try to remake it as they’d like to be.”
The Senators from Hawaii — both Democrats — were quick to respond to the Attorney General. Senator Mazie Hirono tweeted, “Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years. And we won’t succumb to your dog whistle politics.”
Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years. And we won’t succumb to your dog whistle politics
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 20, 2017
Senator Brian Schatz told Session to “have some respect,” tweeting “Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It’s my home. Have some respect.”
Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It's my home. Have some respect. https://t.co/sW9z3vqBqG
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017
Listen to the interview on CNN’s KFile here: