Jeff Sessions Not Happy With Federal Judge in Hawaii
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not happy.
Sessions criticized a federal judge’s ruling on the White House’s travel ban Wednesday evening. The AG implied a court based in Hawaii shouldn’t have a say in federal policy. In an interview with “The Mark Levin Show”, Sessions had this to say.
“We’ve got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they’ve been hostile to the 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 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. So this is a huge matter.” It was at this point in the interview that Sessions got himself into some trouble when he added, “I really am amazed that 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.”
The comment did not sit well, particularly with Hawaii’s senators who took to Twitter to voice their opinions.
Last month, Judge Derrick Watson, issued an order that blocked Trump’s travel ban affected travelers from several predominately Muslim countries. The Department of Justice is appealing the decision.
An insult or bad choice of words?
Then of coarse came the “clarification” of what the Attorney General actually meant. In a statement on Thursday, spokesman Ian D. Prior stated this.
“Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific — a beautiful one where the Attorney General’s granddaughter was born,” he said. “The point, however, is that there is a problem when a flawed opinion by a single judge can block the President’s lawful exercise of authority to keep the entire country safe.”
The clarification will likely fall on deaf ears. As for the travel ban, that battle is far from over.