President Trump made headlines this weekend by attacking a federal judge in Virginia who was ruling against his travel ban, a legal move that Trump appeared to equate with Muslim immigration. Now he’s engaged in a bit of legal sparring of his own.
Trump submitted a motion on Monday, arguing that a federal lawsuit against him as president should be transferred out of the Eastern District of Virginia.
In the motion, Trump said the Eastern District of Virginia does not cover the Government Sponsored Organizations category that has been the subject of the “vast majority” of White House travel bans. A memo written by the Department of Justice made clear that the administration is withholding any visa or immigration status determination until the litigation ends.
Trump claimed that U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia improperly included “a group of visas, refugee admissions, and family reunion visas,” to which the White House believes that he is “dwelling in the wrong court.” The government also argued that the Eastern District of Virginia should be disqualified from serving as a venue for the challenge because there “lacks any judicial or judicial equivalent jurisdiction over the matter.”
Reacting to the motion, his communications director Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to CNN, “The White House moved this litigation last week and this administration looks forward to presenting its case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As has been previously reported, we believe this case should be heard in the Northern District of California since this case is directly related to an Executive Order on Immigration from a comparable nature.”
Brinkema ultimately dismissed the motion in a statement on Monday.
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