AG Jeff Sessions stands by his controversial Hawaii comments

Erica Roy
April 22, 2017

A remark U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made earlier this week about a judge in Hawaii isn't sitting well with the Aloha State. "Jeff Sessions' comments are ignorant & risky".

Sen. Brian Schatz offered a geography lesson and urged Sessions to "have some respect for his home".

Sessions on Thursday criticized Judge Derrick Watson's nationwide hold on Trump's executive order, saying Trump was fairly exercising his "statutory and constitutional power". "Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific, a handsome one where the Attorney General's granddaughter was born", a spokesperson for the Justice Department said to the press.

Hawaii was the first state to sue over Trump's revised ban.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke dismissively about the State of Hawaii while criticizing a Federal District Court ruling last month that blocked the Trump administration from carrying out its ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world.

Judge Watson, at the state of Hawaii's request, prevented the federal government from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and from suspending the U.S.' refugee program. And that island is called Oahu. "But I gotta tell you, it is a point worth making - that a single sitting district judge out of 600, 700 district judges can issue an order stopping a presidential executive order that I believe is fully constitutional, created to protect the United States of America from terrorist attack".

"President Trump previously called a federal judge in California a so-called judge".

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, among many others, took exception to Sessions' characterization of Hawaii and his understanding of our separation of powers under the U.S. Constitution, linking it to other scorn laid on the judiciary.

Extending the temporary order until the state's lawsuit is resolved would ensure the constitutional rights of Muslim citizens across the USA are vindicated after "repeated stops and starts of the last two months", the state said.

Judge Watson, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, was confirmed in 2013 by a 94-to-0 vote; Mr. Sessions, then a United States senator from Alabama, was among those who cast an approving vote.

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