Judges in travel ban appeal press lawyers about Trump's comments

The Washington Post: The federal appeals court panel weighing President Trump’s travel ban focused acutely on Trump’s own comments at a hearing Monday — lobbing skeptical inquiries at lawyers on both sides of the issue as they tried to ascertain to what extent they should hold the president’s inflammatory rhetoric against him.

On the campaign trail, Trump promised a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States, and the three judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit specifically asked about how much they should consider that and other statements in deciding the future of the president’s executive order.

The hearing was important in its own right to the future of the travel ban but was made even more interesting because Trump has repeatedly criticized the 9th Circuit for ruling against him.

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