Hawaii AG who fought Trump travel ban to run for Congress

Hawaii AG who fought Trump travel ban to run for Congress

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who filed a court challenge to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE’s travel ban, announced Monday he will run for Congress.

The Democrat, an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, said the events of the last year inspired him to run, The Associated Press reported.

Trump issued an executive order in January banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. Days later, Chin sued to stop the ban, saying the administration couldn’t enforce it against certain relatives.

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He has sued over every version of the ban issued since.

The Supreme Court earlier this month granted the Trump administration’s request to fully reinstate the third version of his travel ban.

Chin was among five attorneys general who asked the Senate to reject the nomination of U.S. Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFlorida sues CVS, Walgreens over sale of opioids Attorneys want Supreme Court to determine legality of Whitaker as acting AG Hillicon Valley: Russian-linked hackers may have impersonated US officials | Trump signs DHS cyber bill | Prosecutors inadvertently reveal charges against Assange | Accenture workers protest border enforcement work | App mines crypto for bail bonds MORE for the post.

He also spoke out against Sessions for calling a judge in Hawaii “a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific.” 

Chin, who has been attorney general since 2015, is seeking to replace Rep. Colleen HanabusaColleen Wakako HanabusaHawaii New Members 2019 Ige wins second term as Hawaii governor The Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to New York to shore-up GOP districts MORE (D-Hawaii), who announced earlier this year she will run for governor in 2018.

Two Democratic state representatives, Donna Kim and Kaniela Ing, have announced they will run for the seat as well. Singer Brian Evans said he will run for the seat as a Republican.