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

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement Ethics group files complaint against former Pence chief of staff Marc Short Pence aiming to raise M ahead of possible 2024 run: report MORE said a federal judge in Seattle “certainly” has the authority to halt President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol 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.

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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.