Trump travel ban: Appeals court casts skeptical eye at revised order(FOX NEWS)

A federal appeals court expressed strong skepticism Monday toward President Trump’s claims of authority in the first hearing on his revised travel ban, signaling in a lively oral argument the judges could strike down parts of the executive order that sought to suspend travel and refugee admissions from certain mostly Muslim countries.

At issue is whether the ban violates the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, the Due Process Clause of the Fifth and 14th Amendments, and the ban on nationality discrimination in the issuance of immigrant visas contained in a 65-year-old congressional law.

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Yates takes heat over refusal to defend Trump travel ban(FOX NEWS)

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates took heat from Senate Republicans Monday as she stood by her decision not to defend President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from certain countries – with one Republican asking: “Who appointed you to the United States Supreme Court?”

Yates spoke at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, and defended her stance on Trump’s controversial order restricting immigrants and refugees from several terror hot spots, including Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Yates was fired in January after telling her staff  at the Department of Justice not to implement the order.CONTINUE READING HERE

Sally Yates: Lawsuit seeks former acting attorney general’s emails(FOX NEWS)

A new lawsuit is seeking access to emails sent and received by Sally Yates during her 10-day tenure as acting attorney general in President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, filed Monday by the conservative group Judicial Watch, is seeking emails from Yates’ government account between Jan. 21 and Jan. 31 of this year.

“Between her involvements in the Russian surveillance scandal and her lawless effort to thwart President Trump’s immigration executive order, Sally Yates [sic] short tenure as the acting Attorney General was remarkably troubling,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “Her email traffic might provide a window into how the anti-Trump ‘deep state’ abused the Justice Department.”CONTINUE READING HERE

Yates says Flynn could have been ‘blackmailed,’ Clapper knocks collusion narrative(FOX NEWS)

President Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn took more hits at a Senate hearing Monday where former top Justice official Sally Yates testified she warned the Trump White House that Flynn could “essentially be blackmailed” by Moscow for having misled the VP about his Russia contacts.

At the same hearing, testimony from another Obama official also challenged persistent allegations from some of the Trump administration’s fiercest critics about ‘collusion’ with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence during the Obama administration, stood by past assertions that he had no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Asked by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., whether that assessment is still accurate, Clapper said: “It is.”CONTINUE READING HERE

Trump to name conservative picks to federal courts, on heels of Gorsuch win(FOX NEWS)

President Trump was set to begin his bid Monday to reshape the makeup of the lower federal courts, with an expected rollout of several conservative nominees for judicial vacancies.

Hoping to build on the successful confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the president is said to have a list of additional conservative nominees at the ready.

The White House said the president will announce 10 judicial nominees on Monday.

Sanctuary city bans could spread to other states after Texas law signed

A new Texas law cracking down on ‘sanctuary cities’ could inspire other states to take a similar approach, even as the changes spur strong opposition from local Texas officials.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB-4 into law in a Facebook Live event Sunday evening, effectively banning sanctuary city policies in Texas and giving law enforcement officers the right to ask the immigration status of anyone they stop. Under the law, officers who fail to comply, or cooperate, with federal immigration agents could face jail time and fines reaching $25,000 per day.CONTINUE READING HERE

Trump challenges Sally Yates ahead of Senate testimony(FOX NEWS)

Just hours before former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was set to testify before a Senate committee, President Trump on Monday launched a prebuttal to her expected testimony – including suggesting the ex-Justice Department official leaked classified information.

Yates is expected Monday afternoon to tell a Senate Judiciary subcommittee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that she warned the Trump administration about contacts between Russia and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council,” Trump wrote:

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