Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Supreme Court expedites Muslim ban appeal; after tweeting criticism, FilAm lawyer reiterates his support for Trump

George Conway and his wife Kellyanne Conway attend a White House affair.

GEORGE CONWAY, the Filipino/American husband of Kellyanne Conway, advisor to Donald Trump and teller of alternate facts. is quickly trying to correct the impression that he may be rethinking his support for Trump after throwing shade on Trump's penchant for tweeting.

Trump's Executive Order for a Muslim ban may be more difficult to defend in front of the Supreme Court because of his recent tweets, according to George Conway, once considered for a post in the Trump administration.

It began when the current White House occupant inexplicity began issuing tweets about his Muslim bans No. 1 and No. 2. that has been stayed by the courts.

Right about now, George Conway is breathing a sigh of relief that he wasn't Trump's pick for Solicitor General, the attorney who will represent the White House in front of the Supreme Court. 

The Solicitor General will have to convince the high court that the travel bans were not intended to be Muslim bans, the main reason the courts ruled that the Executive Orders were unconstitutional.
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Conway's first tweet said that Trump's tweets is hurting the government attorneys trying to defend the executive orders. 

The judges who stayed the Executive Orders , besides questioning the constitutionality of the orders, said that you cannot ignore the statements Trump and his representatives made during the campaign and in the early days of his administration. The orders, they ruled, were tantamount to bans based on religion since they targeted travelers and refugees from six countries that are predominantly Muslim.
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To soften that argument, all of Trump's spokespeople, from Kellyanne Conway to Sean Spicer to DOJ Secretary Jeff Sessions, have been criticizing  the media who called the orders "travel bans."

Trump's tweets undercut that argument and caught his defenders offguard with their jaws on the floor.

After George Conway's first tweet, almost immediately, people began questioning his loyalties. Not known for his tweets, he scrambled and returned to social media again to clarify that his support for Trump is unchanged. "I VERY, VERY STRONGLY support POTUS," he tweeted.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Federal Court Judge Theodore Chuang's initial ruling so Trump asked the Supreme Court to look at his order.

"Surely the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment yet stands as an untiring sentinel for the protection of one of our most cherished founding principles — that government shall not establish any religious orthodoxy, or favor or disfavor one religion over another," the ruling read. While the president has broad power over immigration, "that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked," the court said.

Late Friday (June 5), the Supreme Court expedited the government's appeal. The ACLU—which represents the plaintiffs—have been ordered to file their response by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 12. The ACLU lawyers must also respond to DOJ’s application for a stay by that time. At that time, the Supreme Court could rule before they recess later this month, or hold it until the next session