Critics say Trump tweets may undercut legal case

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President Trump’s proposed travel ban on certain countries (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

The husband of senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is taking to Twitter to criticize President Donald Trump’s tweets about the administration’s travel ban that has been blocked by federal courts and is now in front of the Supreme Court. New York lawyer George T. Conway III says Trump’s Monday tweets taking aim at the Justice Department “may make some ppl feel better,” but won’t help win a majority in the Supreme Court. Conway said the outcome at the high court “is what actually matters.” He takes a page from Trump’s playbook to brand the whole thing, “Sad.” George Conway had been considered for at least two high-ranking Justice Department jobs, including Solicitor General. That’s the lawyer who represents the president at the Supreme Court. Kellyanne Conway on Monday condemned what she called the media’s “obsession with covering everything (Trump) says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president.”


11 a.m.

Critics of President Donald Trump’s stalled travel ban say he may have undercut the government’s defense of the measure when he bashed the Justice Department for asking the Supreme Court to review a “watered-down” version of the ban. In a series of Monday morning tweets, Trump says the Justice Department “should have stayed” with his first executive order aimed at temporarily halting entry to the U.S. from a half-dozen Muslim majority countries.

The revised order narrowed the scope of the original, but both have been blocked by lower courts. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the ban. Attorneys who sued are saying Trump’s comments will help their case. Law professor Josh Blackman called Trump “the worst client” for the Justice Department’s solicitor general. The department declined comment.


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