Judge rejects US justice dept request to delay proceedings on travel ban

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A federal judge has rejected a request by the US Department of Justice to postpone further consideration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban until a federal appeals court decides whether to reconsider its order blocking the measure.

US District Judge James Robart cited the president’s own tweeted promise in rejecting the government motion, saying “I thought the president said we’ll see you in court?” according to a reporter for KOMO in Seattle, who covered the hearing.

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on February 9 refused to reinstate the president’s halt on global refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations.

One 9th circuit judge subsequently asked that a larger group of judges reconsider the decision to uphold US District Court Judge James Robart’s February 3 order, which blocked the travel restrictions from taking effect. The appeals court has set a Thursday deadline for arguments on the proposed rehearing from DoJ and the states of Washington and Minnesota, which had sued to stop the ban.

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