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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A White House official on Sunday attacked a U.S. court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration as a “judicial usurpation of power” and said the administration was considering a range of options, including a new order.

Sustained criticism of the judiciary from the White House comes amid concern among Democrats and legal scholars over Trump’s view of the constitutional principle of judicial independence as the administration seeks to overcome legal setbacks to its travel ban issued on Jan. 27.

It has also become the backdrop against which U.S. senators consider Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court.

The Republican president said on Friday that he may issue a new executive order rather than go through lengthy court challenges to the original one, which temporarily barred entry to the United States of people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

“We have multiple options and we are considering all of them,” White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said on ABC’s This Week.

Miller sharply criticized the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Thursday that upheld a Seattle federal judge’s suspension of Trump’s executive order. He accused the San Francisco-based court of having a history of overreaching and of being overturned.

“This is a judicial usurpation of power,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The president’s powers here are beyond question.”

The Trump administration has defended the travel ban on grounds it will prevent potential terrorists from entering the country, although no acts of terrorism have been perpetrated on U.S. soil by citizens of the targeted countries.

The ban’s announcement, late on a Friday, sparked a weekend of confusion at airports around the globe and within the federal agencies charged with enforcing it. It also triggered widespread protests and legal challenges.

Aware that a new executive order would allow critics to declare victory against the travel ban, the White House has deflected blame and intensified its criticism of the judiciary.

“I think it’s been an important reminder to all Americans that we have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become in many cases a supreme branch of government,” Miller said on CBS’ Face the Nation.

“One unelected judge in Seattle cannot make laws for the entire country. I mean this is just crazy,” he said.

Miller’s performance on several Sunday news shows won a plaudit on Twitter from Trump, who has himself attacked individual judges and called the courts “so political.”

“Great job!” Trump tweeted.


Gorsuch condemned the attacks on the judiciary as “disheartening” in private meetings last week with a number of U.S. senators, who pressed the judge to go public. Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist, confirmed the conversations.

Legal experts said the Trump administration statements could undermine respect for the constitutional division of powers.

Cornell University law professor Jens David Ohlin said that accusing the judiciary of usurping the president’s powers demonstrated “an absurd lack of appreciation for the separation of powers.”

“Miller is coming dangerously close to reviving a discredited and dangerous theory that each branch of government, including the president, has independent authority to decide what the law and Constitution mean,” Ohlin said in an interview on Sunday.

“In our system of government, the commander in chief executes the laws, but it is the judiciary which interprets both the laws and statutes passed by Congress and the Constitution. That’s their solemn duty,” he added.

Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, said Trump’s remarks could diminish popular respect for institutions of law and order by making Americans think “the government’s a joke, that you don’t have to follow what judges say.”

Immigration laws give the U.S. president broad powers to restrict who enters the country on national security grounds.

But the same laws forbid discrimination based on race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or residence. The case also could involve First Amendment protections involving religion.

Trump’s executive order banned entry into the United States to refugees and citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days, except refugees from Syria, who were banned indefinitely.

Options for the administration include formulating a new executive action, appealing the 9th Circuit panel’s decision to the full appeals court and appealing the emergency stay to the U.S. Supreme Court, Miller said.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Julia Harte; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Alan Crosby and Peter Cooney)

IMAGE: Senior White House Advisor Stephen Miller waits to go on the air in the White House Briefing Room in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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37 responses to “White House Official Attacks Court After Legal Setbacks On Immigration”

  1. Mama Bear says:

    Welcome to Trumpistan….leave your critical thinking skills at the gate, er…at the wall.

  2. Lynda Groom says:

    This gentlelman has forgotten the 16th law of Public Speaking. ‘A closed mouth gathers no feet.’ Those are words of wisdom for all of the Trump spokespersons to remember.

  3. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    This guy is what is known in the corporate world as the Junior Johnny Jump Up maggots who leach onto the CEO for dear life and hope their upward mobility will get them at least No. 2 spot.

    This guy lied, didn’t care that anyone knew every word out of his mouth was a lie and that there is proof, nor does he especially care if he knows WE know he is lying.

    Who raised these little twerps?

    • Mama Bear says:

      other twerps.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Guys like this twerp expect obedience to their Almighty Trump. Now really, do you know any lawyer or doctor willing to forfeit those licenses it took them eons of study and exams to be admitted to the bar or the AMA?

        This is where it gets really messed up for them. When abnormal, maniacal nuts think they must be obeyed, it is the first sign that the ground under their feet is crumbling.

        My bet is on Conway. She got zapped for that freebie Ivanka Trump commercial on government tax dollars. I am very sure this hissing snake was not pleased about getting her butt reamed by “Mr. Trump” for that.

        Look for Conway to open the crack, the Republicans trying to patch it and Trump struggling to keep from having a psycho fit.

  4. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    In his obsession to prove he won the popular vote too, Trump is only edging closer and closer to the fact that the Republicans rigged the Electoral College votes.

    This is such a massive cover up by the Republican Party, Trump Organization and Putin, it’s is difficult to wrap our minds around such a well orchestrated scheme.

    When the last thing you want as a Republican is to have all of the classified documents “unclassified” that proves what all too many Americans know: The Republicans conspired to make sure Trump won, come hell or high water.

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    • David says:

      Eleanore!!!! Tell us how it feels to have to say, “President Trump” for the next four to eight years.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Since I do not EVER call a cancer on my country “president,” eat your heart out. So, you do admit NOW for all time you condone what Trump does? Course you do. A Texass moron who laps up more federal dollars from the DEM states would. Need a reminder Texass is No. 2 in the country for helping itself to our federal tax dollars?

        How is your Comrade Trump doing with his buddy in Russia? Admit it Cow flops…your boy is not going to make another 8 months, much less 8 years.

        There is NO way he can stop the investigations into his all too friendly association with a murdering assassin like Putin. But you cowboys love murder, theft and lies don’t you?

        • David says:

          Eleanore!!!! I love the apoplexy that you have been in since the election last November! By the way, it’s “President Trump” to you. Get used to it!

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Hey hick boy…Give it up already. You prove who and what you are. A Texas brain damaged, oil soaked liar, distortionist of facts who was born to a Big Daddah and Big Mommah who yall alls your lives away. Get a dictionary and look up the word you yall alls yall all use. No such word moron.

            There is no President of the U.S. Only a pretender whom you thrill to each time that lard ass of his struts like Hitler. And what’s with those finger symbols of his? Did yall alls yall all learn to read Russian too?

            Go buy yourself another ten gallon. You and Trump will last about as long as Twatzilla Conway can stop herself from opening her cow sized mouth. Do us a favor and go back to yall alls “Ahl” wales.”

            Nothing like Texas “ignernts” to show bull butts.

          • David says:

            Eleanore!!! Well, it looks like your stupidity is showing once again! Check out Merriam – Webster dictionary and you will find that the word “y’all” is, in fact, defined. While used to chiefly in the south, the dictionary notes that it’s first use was in the mid 1600s. How does it feel to be shown up as another stupid Yankee lard ass once again?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Right…I am sure “y’all alls” is just the words Einstein would have used too. What the hell is a yall? Is it southern for “I am too stupid to speak correct English?” Oh no wait..It’s “southern” for my first ancestors to the U.S. were indentured slaves from England that England cast off for owing huge debt and forced yall alls ancestors to work off that debt on yall alls yall all farms up north? By the way, you do know that the Mayflower brought the Pilgrims in 1620 right? So your stupid Lard ass Texas cowpoke BS is wrong again.

            There is a placque I saw in Massachusetts while on vacation there. It is the monumental “rock” where the Pilgrims first landed. I realize that Texas hates that you lost your Wild West Alamo in 1836.

            Sorry lard ass..but your Texass version of dates and time are as faulty as your lard ass Trump’s brain.

          • David says:

            Eleanore!!! Guess what? That date was provided by the dictionary. Another case of your ignorant mouth overloading your pitiful ass again. Aren’t you getting a little tired of being shown up weekly as lying simpleton?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Ah yessuh…Yall alls TeXASS dictionaruh no doubt? Yall alls “ignernce” is exceedud onlah by the sazh of yall alls lard ass. See? Alls ah have to do is reduce my intelligence to yall alls TEXASS ignernce and Ah kin tahk jes lakh yall alls.

          • David says:

            Eleanore!!!! Sorry DA…it is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. While you apparently can read, there is an obvious problem with your comprehension of the written word. But, what do you expect from a stupid, lying spinster like yourself?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            You? Sorry? The last time you hicks were sorry was when the dime on the string for your pay toilets broke. You are a hick. As such, you only know TEXASS reading comprehension.

            What I expect from a TEXASS phony cowboy swaggering with guns blazing? A reenactment of Dodge City. Time for you to go and clean up the cow flops. Or maybe that’s your real fell into cow flops, your face got covered with it and now you stink to high heaven and it has damaged your brain.

            Yahoooooo The Cowboy is on the split rail fence. Now about your asshat in Chief claiming Sweden had a war…you want to explain that one you womanizing, gamblin’ boozer?

          • David says:

            Eleanore!!! My explanation is that you are a vile, stupid, liar.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Nice try assbagger. But the Trump quote is in every media source in the country. You are the stupid pathological liar. That what you do to McWifie too? You go out and boof every big haired, big boob broad and tell the wifie you were in church?

            Here is your liar asshats direct quote:
            “You look at what’s happening,” he told his supporters. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”

            Oooooh how I love making a jerk of cowpoke phonies.

          • David says:

            Eleanore!!!! Given your struggles with your high school education, the only “jerk” around here is your vile, stupid, lying ass!

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            awwww…what’s the matter Davey COCKit? Call Rutgers. They will tell that I taught there part time twice a week for nearly 12 years. Balls so tight they are pinching your tubby lard ass?

            I have proof. You have cow flops you eat for breakfast yahooooooooooooooooooooo! Gotcha pig meat.

          • David says:

            Eleanore!!! I know that you are vile, but are you really that stupid? Turns out that Trump was right about Sweden and the immigrant violence. How does it feel to be showing up again as an ignorant POS?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            For a POS who lives in a POS state like Texas, you ARE stupid. I have at MY disposal a state that doesn’t play cowboys and pretend to have intelligence. Princeton has it all over anything shitbagger college in your state and you know it.

            Awww…what’s the matter assface? Not enough lard on Trump’s ass for you to kiss? After all, we all know how you hicks in that oil infested swamp love kissing up to anything with the stench of oil in it. Go have another drink Boozer Boy. Or better yet, stock up on drugs. Your assfart state is going to need it.

          • David says:

            Eleanore!!!! Rutgers? Let me guess…you probably taught molecular biology there, right?

    • plc97477 says:

      If there is one thing repugs can do well, it is cheat.

  5. Richard Prescott says:

    The “senior” spokesperson is a 31 year old millennial from CA, a conservative in liberal country who spent years from high school on calling alt-right radio talk shows to “make his case”. He is about as qualified to talk about the law as I am to having babies (I am a male).
    It was Herr Drumpf who grabbed him and he has written a lot of the garbage that Trump has presented the last year or so. He also defended the Duke sports team that raped the woman a few years ago. Defended as NOT a lawyer, but as an “advocate”.

  6. Dan S says:

    So if Trump has issues with a judge not directly elected why should we take into consideration any rulings handed down by the Supreme Court ? For that matter why should we care what Trump a so called President should have to say since he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton bigly ?

  7. Heath Curry says:

    Well, Mr. Miller, I have this to say to your gross lack of civic understanding:

    “Some perplexity respecting the rights of the courts to pronounce legislative acts void, because contrary to the constitution, has arisen from an imagination that the doctrine would imply a superiority of the judiciary to the legislative power. It is urged that the authority which can declare acts of another void, must necessarily be superior to the one whose acts may be declared void.”
    (Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist No. 78.)

    I think you should educate yourself on the intent of our Founders before running your mouth Mr. Miller.

    • I of John says:

      Federalist crap. The court is an equal branch.

      • Heath Curry says:

        LOL, yes, crap. From the mouths of the people who actually WROTE The Constitution Of The United States, but yeah, just call it crap because you don’t agree with it. Alternative facts seem to set well with you, eh?

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