— Britannica (@Britannica) January 31, 2017
According to the statement issued by Vayeghan’s attorneys, the marshal’s office “has so far failed to serve process and instead represents that it has been instructed by its Office of the General Counsel to await instruction from the U.S. Attorney’s office.”
This is bad. This is very, very bad.
The attorney general is part of the executive branch. The U.S. marshals are a part of the judiciary. It’s not up to the attorney general to instruct the U.S. marshals to serve the court orders on the CBP. The U.S. marshals are federally required to do so.
“You illegally deported that man in violation of my order so you are going to go over there and GET HIM BACK.”
—LA federal judge https://t.co/EA6fggLAFc
— Tom Lowenthal (@flamsmark) January 30, 2017
Detroit family caught in Iraq travel ban, mom dies waiting to come home. But according to Sean Spicer, families are merely being inconvenienced.
There have been reports that Steve Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council is illegal without Congressional approval, but the wording of the executive order appears to skirt that requirement.
Workers at Trump’s Washington hotel vote to join union. The National Labor Relations Board members are appointed by Trump.
Cabinet & Federal Appointees
Elaine Chao has been confirmed as Secretary of Transportation. On another day, it would probably be a bigger scandal that she donated $42K to the committee members voting for her and that her husband failed to recuse himself from her vote.
Tillerson, Zinke, DeVos, and Perry have all cleared their respective committees and will get a full Senate vote. Democrats boycotted the committee votes of Sessions, Price, and Mnuchin, preventing a quorum.
Betsy DeVos’s written responses to her committee’s questions plagiarized passages from the Department of Education’s old press releases and that of Vanita Gupta, former head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division.
Have I mentioned that the State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned? The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned. (ETA: as several readers have pointed out, that WaPo headline is somewhat misleading. They were essentially fired.)
Specifically you should invoke the McConnell Rule and refuse to consent to SCOTUS noms during election season (Trump filed for 2020 already)
— Pete Keen (@zrail) February 1, 2017
“Mark me down, too, as a believer that the traditional account of the judicial role Justice Scalia defended will endure,” he said in a lecture last year. Like Scalia, as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Gorsuch has been hostile to abortion rights and environmental regulations, and sympathetic to large corporations and the religious right. He has criticized liberals for challenging bans on gay marriage before the courts. Though his paper trail on civil-rights cases is slim, he’ll presumably be in sync with Scalia on these issues too.
Other Fascist Nonsense
Jerry Falwell Jr. Says He Will Lead Federal Task Force on Higher-Ed Policy. Falwell is the president of the online Christian Liberty University, a creationist, and an Islamophobe.
Philippines extrajudicial killings may constitute crimes against humanity, Amnesty warns. We have talked before about Trump’s admiration for the president of the Philippines and his war on drugs.