A government lawyer defending President Donald Trump's temporary entry ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries came under intense scrutiny on Tuesday from a US federal appeals court that questioned whether it unfairly targeted people over their religion.
The three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel asked the Trump administration's lawyer tough questions about whether the administration had provided any evidence that people from the seven countries were a danger.
Judge Richard Clifton, a George W. Bush appointee, posed equally tough questions for an attorney representing Minnesota and Washington states, which are challenging the ban. Clifton asked if a Seattle judge's suspension of Trump's policy was "overbroad." The 9th Circuit said at the end of the session that it would issue a ruling as soon as possible. Earlier on Tuesday, the court said it would likely rule this week but would not issue a same-day ruling. The matter is ultimately likely to go to the US Supreme Court.