Federal judge orders Trump to share Giuliani travel ban memo

Federal judge orders Trump to share Giuliani travel ban memo
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A federal judge in Detroit on Thursday ordered the Trump administration to turn over a memo drafted under former New York Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCapitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit Bob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' MORE's guidance outlining a plan to implement a travel ban without making it seem as if it was directly aimed at Muslims, Bloomberg reported.

According to a court filing by the Arab American Civil Rights League, President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE ordered Giuliani during his presidential campaign to form a commission tasked with developing a "Muslim ban" that appeared legally sound.

As a presidential candidate, Trump stirred controversy by calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."


Amid backlash from that statement, Trump allegedly recruited Giuliani to "show [him] the right way to do it legally," according to the court filing. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts ordered the Trump administration to turn the filing over.

Justice Department attorneys are set to defend the president's revised travel ban executive order in a federal appeals court on Monday. The order sought to bar citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from travelling to the U.S.

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the order in March, ruling that it amounted to a discriminatory ban on Muslims.