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C-SPAN to air Trump travel ban arguments live

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C-SPAN cameras have been granted permission to broadcast live from the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th District as the court hears arguments over President Trump’s temporary travel ban next month. 

The Hawaii-based court said Monday that C-SPAN “applied to broadcast live” the May 15 arguments and that its request has been granted. It will serve as a pool feed for other broadcasters, the court added.

Chris Geidner, BuzzFeed’s legal editor, noted that the court already streams arguments live but said adding C-SPAN to the mix will likely make the landmark case more accessible.

{mosads}A federal judge based in Hawaii placed a nationwide block on the president’s revised travel order hours before it was scheduled to go into effect.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, an appointee under President Obama, decided in mid-March that the plaintiffs, the state of Hawaii and a Muslim leader, could likely succeed in their lawsuit against the order.

They claimed that the ban violated the establishment clause and could cause “irreparable harm” if the court did not grant temporary relief.

The block has temporarily restrained major components of the order, including a ban on nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country for 90 days.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced backlash last week when he expressed amazement that a Hawaii-based federal judge “sitting on an island in the Pacific” could block Trump’s travel ban.

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Sessions said during an interview with radio show host Mark Levin.

Sessions defended his comments days later on CNN, saying he wouldn’t phrase anything differently and lamenting that “nobody has a sense of humor anymore.”

The Trump administration argues that the ban is necessary to protect the U.S.’s national security.

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