Politics Sessions 'amazed' judge 'on an island in the Pacific' halted Trump travel order

23:06  20 april  2017
23:06  20 april  2017 Source:   The Hill

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he was "amazed" a judge in Hawaii could stop President Trump's order blocking refugees and people from six predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

"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," Sessions said on "The Mark Levin Show," as first reported by CNN.

A federal judge in Hawaii in March placed a nationwide block on the president's revised travel order.

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Sessions' remarks sparked quick criticism from Hawaii's Democratic senators.

Sen. Mazie Hirono tweeted, "this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years. And we won't succumb to your dog whistle politics."

Sen. Brian Schatz told the attorney general to "have some respect."

And Chelsea Clinton, weighed in, tweeting: "Someone please tell Sessions that Hawaii is a state."

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In the interview, Sessions addressed the legal fight over the order.

"We've got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they've been hostile to the order," Sessions said.

"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."

Sessions added that he is "confident" the president will "prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit."

"So this is a huge matter," he said.

The federal judge's temporary restraining order blocked the major components of the travel ban: a temporary suspension of the refugee resettlement program and a block on nationals from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

Sessions also said during the interview that judges shouldn't get to "psychoanalyze" President Trump to decide whether his order is lawful or not.

"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 it to be."

This story was updated at 3:38 p.m.

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