President Donald Trump’s executive order barring U.S. entry from six mostly Muslim countries was put on continued hold by a federal appeals court Thursday.
The Richmond, Virginia-based panel said Trump’s prior calls for a ”Muslim ban” could be considered in weighing the legality of the March 6 executive order.
A forerunner of the executive order incited chaos and condemnation when it was rolled out without warning in January. Federal courts soon blocked its enforcement, prompting a re-do. Subsequent controversies have distracted from Trump’s agenda, some by his own doing, including his firing of FBI Director James Comey amid the bureau’s investigation into potential campaign ties to Russia.
Thursday’s ruling is the first of two federal appeals court decisions expected to decide whether the revised travel ban, dubbed, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” is lawful. An appeals panel in Seattle heard argument on May 15. A contradictory ruling would virtually ensure review by the U.S. Supreme Court.
SOURCE: Bloomberg Terminal – Andrew M Harris and Kartikay Mehrotra