Trump gets taunted by the Washington State Attorney General after a federal judge rules the state’s case against his travel order can proceed.
U.S. District Judge James Robart, the Seattle judge who halted Trump’s immigration order, ruled on Monday that the State’s case challenging his travel order can proceed while the appeal is being considered by the higher courts.
NBC News reports that: “Robart — who issued the temporary restraining order at the request of Washington state and Minnesota on Feb. 4 — rejected the U.S. Justice Department’s request to pause the underlying case in lower court while the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether a larger, 11-judge panel will review the case.”
Last week a 3-judge panel issued a unanimous ruling refusing to reinstate Trump’s executive order, dismissing Justice Department claims that the courts lacked the authority to question presidential actions.
As The Los Angeles Times reported last week, “The appellate judges rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the courts lacked the right to review the president’s executive order. ‘There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy,’ the panel said.”
Trump wasted no time tweeting: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
In the wake of Robart’s Monday ruling, the Washington Attorney General’s Office taunted Trump with their own response on Twitter: “Pleased to see Judge Robart reject Trump Administration’s request to delay. We will, indeed, see you in court.”
Pleased to see Judge Robart reject Trump Administration's request to delay. We will, indeed, see you in court.
— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) February 14, 2017