Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson comments on the decision by the appeals court decision that ruled against reinstating President Donald Trump's travel and immigration ban. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.S. federal appeals court decision on Thursday that unanimously upheld a suspension of President Donald Trump's order that restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries was "a complete victory," Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said at news conference in Seattle after the decision was announced. "We are a nation of laws and as we have said from day one, those laws apply to everyone in our country and that includes the president of the United States," Ferguson said. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling came in a challenge to Trump's order filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely determine the case's final outcome. Shortly after the ruling, Trump tweeted: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!" The Justice Department said it was reviewing the decision and considering its options. Trump's Jan. 27 executive order barred entry for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and imposed a 120-day halt on all refugees, except refugees from Syria who are barred indefinitely. U.S. District Judge James Robart suspended Trump's order last Friday. The ruling from the 9th Circuit, which followed a hearing on the case on Tuesday, does not resolve the lawsuit, but relates instead to whether Trump's order should be suspended while litigation proceeds.