Pence: Judge 'certainly' has right to halt travel ban

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence: It's not a 'foregone conclusion' that lawmakers impeach Trump Pence's office questions Schiff's request to declassify more material from official's testimony: report The House Judiciary Committee's fundamental choice MORE said a federal judge in Seattle “certainly” has the authority to halt President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE’s travel ban, but insisted the administration would seek a stay of the order.

“He certainly does, and that's why the administration is complying with that order as we speak,” Pence told ABC’s “This Week” in a pre-taped interview that aired Sunday.

On Friday, Judge James Robart issued a nationwide restraining order that temporary halted Trump’s executive order, which imposed a 90-day ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the United States. Trump’s original order also imposed a 120-day ban on admitting refugees and an indefinite halt on admitting refugees from Syria.


Both the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department have complied with the order.

“And we'll go through the process in the courts to get a stay of that order, so that again, we can implement this action that is entirely focused on the safety and security of the American people,” Pence said in the ABC interview, which was taped Saturday.

A federal appeals court on Sunday denied the Department of Justice’s request to reinstate the ban.