Following the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling on the travel ban last night, many speculated that the Trump Administration would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. However, news is breaking that President Trump does not have plans to appeal that decision.
From The Hill:
The Trump administration is not currently planning to appeal a temporary hold on his travel ban to the Supreme Court, a White House official said Friday.
But the White House said it will forge ahead on the broader battle against a lawsuit challenging the executive order.
The administration plans to continue its defense of the order on the merits, which is playing out in a Seattle-based federal district court, the official said.There have also been reports that the Trump Administration may have plans to rewrite the order entirely, allowing them to bypass the current court battle. From NBC:
Still regrouping from a federal appeals court’s refusal to reinstate President Trump’s controversial ban of nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries, White House lawyers are working on a rewrite of his executive order that could pass legal muster, NBC News has learned.
The work began several days before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the White House’s bid to lift a temporary restraining order on Trump’s plan to bar nationals from Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days, a senior administration official told NBC.
Trump’s legal team still believes it will be eventually proven correct on the merits of the current executive order, the official said. And they are looking into several options, including continuing the court battle as well as signing a new immigration EO “very soon.”
Although it’s likely Trump’s team had enough legal justification to win the case, it’s possible they were unwilling to jeopardize national security while the legal battle played out. Signing a new executive order with stronger legal language would be a faster route to ensuring the travel ban is put in place.
More on this story as it develops.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]