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Trump’s “Travel Ban” tweets could undermine his legal case

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Political Editor – LeNora Millen

President Trump sent out several tweets on Monday, referring to the revised travel ban as the “watered down” version of his executive orders on immigration.

Trump’s assertion about the revised ban—which temporarily restricts travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries, could derail his administration’s legal argument that the executive order did not target Muslims.

As an unfiltered candidate, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration to the United States, despite Justice Department lawyers going to extreme measures to avoid calling it a “travel ban” in court, referring to it as a “temporary pause.”

Considerations to his tweets did not appear to signal Trump on how his own words could subvert his legal case in court.  Despite his administration stating semantics should not matter, the court rulings to uphold the decision to block the ban resulted in Trump’s words used against him in last month’s ruling.

In one tweet, Trump described the new ban as “politically correct,” even though he signed the executive order replacing the first ban with a revised version targeting six, rather than seven, Muslim-majority countries. The ban also blocked the issuance of new visas, rather than revoking current ones.

Criticizing his administration, Trump tweeted that the Justice Department should seek a “much tougher version” of the travel ban.

He was emphatic about the need for a travel ban, thus making it extremely clear — despite press secretary’s Sean Spicer’s past remarks to the contrary — that the executive order was not a ban, a pause on various sources of immigration—or an extreme vetting system.

“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is a TRAVEL BAN!” Trump tweeted.

During Monday afternoon’s White House briefing, Deputy Director Sarah Huckabee Sanders said everyone wants to get into labels and semantics, but the bottom line is—Trump is only defending the country, and he “absolutely” supports the current version of the executive order.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing on May 10, 2017. Photo Credit: (Getty)

President Trump’s tweets could put his administration’s effort to restore the ban, which is currently on hold by two federal courts in jeopardy. Arguments on the matter are set for filing with the Supreme Court on next week.  Trump’s latest Twitter tirade will likely become an intricate part of the opposing challenger’s briefs.

Trump’s administration appealed to the nation’s highest court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld the freeze on the ban last month.

Neal Katyal, the lawyer who argued for the challengers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, wrote on Twitter,

“It’s kinda odd to have the defendant in Hawaii v Trump acting as our co-counsel. We don’t need the help but will take it!” He tweeted that he was “waiting now for the inevitable cover-my-tweet posts from him that the Solicitor General will no doubt insist upon.”

George Conway, D.C. lawyer and husband of White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway posted on Twitter that the remarks might hurt the legal case.  George Conway was once a top candidate for the Trump administration’s solicitor general. Expressing concern in his tweet he wrote:

“These tweets may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won’t help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters. Sad,” he wrote, using abbreviations for Office of Solicitor General and the Supreme Court.

Regarding his promise for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States. The judges ruled that President Trump’s words expose the measure as a tool for discrimination disguised as a national security directive.

The majority opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruling on the freeze on the travel ban quoted extensively from Trump’s media interviews and tweets.  The judges, in their ruling also took into consideration comments and interviews made by Trump’s advisers.

ACLU lawyer, Omar C. Jadwat who argued the case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, wrote that Trump’s tweets amounted to “a promise” let me do this, and I’ll take it as license to do even worse.”  In an interview, Jadwat said the president’s tweets “seem to undermine the picture the government’s been trying to paint.”

“I can’t say for sure what our brief is going to look like, but this stuff seems relevant,” Jadwat said.

In another tweet, Jadwat wrote: “If we just wait long enough, will he tweet out a whole brief for us?”

The ACLU Nationwide did not hesitate to respond to President Trumps Monday morning tweets.  The agency took to social media stating,

“Trump doubled down on his assertion that the ban is a ban, and reiterated that Muslim Ban 2.0 is just a “watered down, politically correct version” of the original Muslim ban.”

Trump sent out another Tweet about the travel ban at 8:20 p.m. (EDT), he wrote:

“That’s right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won’t help us protect our people!”

Trump’s latest tweets could provide lawyers challenging the ban with more definitive examples of how his post-election remarks align with his current views.  His tweets could also present a stronger argument to assert that Trump’s revised travel ban had the same intent or purpose as the travel ban’s original version.

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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley for Alleged Misconduct

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Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley following allegations of misconduct, NBC confirmed on Thursday.

Morgan Stanley declined to say specifically what prompted the firing. The allegations were presented after a woman who was not employed at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting.

Mr. Ford’s termination reported by HuffPost as an exclusive has been challenged by the former Congressman as “false claims.”

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior “inconsistent with our values.”CreditMike Groll/Associated Press

In a statement provided by his lawyer, Mr. Ford denied the sexual harassment allegations, stating in a tweet on Thursday that he will be bringing legal action against the reporter, for making false claims against him, as well as Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

“This simply did not happen,” Mr. Ford wrote. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.” He added that socializing with members of the press was part of his job, and said that “false claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.”

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996—serving as Congressman from 1997 to 207.

He joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director and senior client-relationship manager in 2011 as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser at Bank of America.

Amid the heightened scrutiny of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior toppling key figures in the entertainment and political arena, Mr. Ford is the latest high profiled man to lose his job in recent days for similar allegations.

Time magazine on Wednesday named the “Silence Breakers” its Person of the Year. They shared personal stories about harassment and assault and sparked the #MeToo movement.

According to Time, the #MeToo became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.

In a tweet acknowledging his thoughts on the “Silence Breaker” quite pointed in his statement, Mr. Ford said the following in regards to news of his firing on Thursday, “This simply did not happen.  I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”

In another tweet, Mr. Ford spoke about his professional demeanor and his tremendous respect for the brave women speaking out “in this important national dialogue.”  Mr. Ford was pointed in stating that false claims alleged against him “undermine the real “Silence Breakers.”

Mr. Ford appeared as a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” MSNBC – which is owned by NBC 4 New York’s parent company.

“We are looking into the report about Harold Ford Jr.,” a spokeswoman for MSNBC said. “During that time he won’t be a guest on MSNBC.”

LeNora Millen            12-7-17

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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’

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TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during ColorofChange.org 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17

 

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President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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Why declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is so controversial?

The final status of Jerusalem has always been one of the most difficult and sensitive questions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If the United States declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would be seen as prejudging that question, deciding an issue that was supposed to be left to negotiations and breaking with the international consensus on the holy city.
Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital also moves the United States one major step closer to relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would be seen as cementing Israeli sovereignty over the city.

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