In a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, a federal judge in Detroit had ordered the Trump administration to release a memo drafted by Rudy Giuliani that “outlined a plan to implement a travel ban without making it seem as if it was directly aimed at Muslims,” The Hill reported.
Per the judge’s orders, the Trump administration had until May 19th to turn over the memo, a deadline which came and went with no production of the document.
Earlier this year, the ACLU, along with the Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL), twice challenged Trump’s travel ban in federal court, and twice the court struck down the ban as unconstitutional.
Miriam Aukerman, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Michigan, issued a statement that said:
“If, as the administration claims, the Executive Order is not a Muslim Ban, then why is the administration refusing to turn over the Giuliani memo? What is in that document that the government doesn’t want the court to see?”
Both the ACLU and the ACRL promised to “return to court to compel production of the memo.”
Nabih Ayad, founder of the ACRL, explained that the memo would “shed light on the intentions behind the President’s Executive Order. And if those intentions support the public statements that Mr. Giuliani made about looking for a legal explanation for a ban on Muslims, the court needs to know this.”
This is only the most recent in what has become a long line of instances in which the President has shown a blatant and egregious disdain for the law. Not only is his travel ban in and of itself unconstitutional, but now Trump is violating the very institutions of our democracy that he was sworn to protect in defense of that illegal Executive Order. Now that he’s in office, it seems Trump has little regard for the “law and order” presidency on which he campaigned.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.