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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 TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US 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 SessionsRosenstein to appear for House interview next week Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure McGahn departs as White House counsel 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 HanabusaThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to New York to shore-up GOP districts Case makes political comeback by winning Hawaii House primary Hawaii’s governor makes improbable comeback 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.