The president defended his controversial travel ban in a series of tweets Monday morning, arguing that the Justice Department hurt the proposed ban’s chances by submitting a “watered down, politically correct version” to the Supreme Court.
George Conway — a lawyer who announced last week he was withdrawing from consideration for a position at the Justice Department — responded to Trump’s tweets with a warning:
“These tweets may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won’t help [Office of Solicitor General] get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters,” he wrote.
“Sad,” he added, using one of the president’s own favored exclamations.
Conway later clarified his comments in a series of tweets expressing his strong support for “POTUS, his Admin, policies, the executive order … and of course, my wonderful wife.”
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Conway again stressed, however, that the president’s tweets “seriously undermine” his own administration’s agenda, a point that has also been made by other legal experts.
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The Washington Post reported after Trump’s tweets on Monday that “some legal scholars think that in antagonizing [the courts], Trump risks inviting even more legal scrutiny on the intentions of his ban.”
“The justices will likely feel an instinct to protect their institution,” former top State Department lawyer Austin Evers told the Post. “And to assert their coequal role in upholding the Constitution.”