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Arguments conclude on Trump's revised travel ban

FILE--In this March 29, 2017, file photo, Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin speaks outside federal court in Honolulu, Hawaii. Three federal appellate court judges in Seattle on Monday, May 15, will hear the appeal of Hawaii's challenge to President Trump's travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Arguments have wrapped up in a federal appeals court in Seattle over President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had tough questions for each side.

They asked an administration lawyer about what one judge called Trump's "profound" campaign statements calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Judge Michael Hawkins pointed to arguments that former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal made in previous cases.

Katyal said he stands by those arguments, but that doesn't mean the president's authority is unbounded.


The judges in Seattle heard arguments over Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the travel ban, which would suspend the nation's refugee program and temporarily bar new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

They asked a lawyer for the state of Hawaii challenging the ban about whether the national security rationale spelled out in the president's executive order neutralized any claim that the travel ban was motivated by discrimination.

The judges gave no indication of when they might rule.

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