Hawaii’s Democratic lawmakers are criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he expressed amazement on a radio show that a “judge sitting on an island in the Pacific” could stop the president’s travel ban.
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono on Thursday tried to give Sessions a civics lesson on Twitter, saying Hawaii has been a U.S. state for 58 years.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson last month blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily halting the U.S. refugee program.
The Trump Administration appealed the ruling.
Sen. Brian Schatz reminded Sessions that he voted as a senator to confirm Watson as a judge.
Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior says there’s a problem when one judge’s ruling blocks the president’s lawful exercise of authority.