Feds fight demand for Trump campaign draft of travel ban


The Justice Department is fighting a legal attempt to force disclosure of a campaign document that may have served as the basis for President Donald Trump's travel ban executive orders.

At issue is a policy memo former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani helped to crafted last year in response to what he described as Trump's request for a way to carry out the Muslim ban he proposed, while doing so "legally." The "commission" Trump requested Giuliani assemble to carry out the task included former Attorney General Michael Mukasey as well as Reps. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Peter King (R-N.Y.), the ex-mayor said.

Plaintiffs in a Detroit-based suit challenging Trump's travel ban orders are demanding the proposal the group produced in mid-2016. Lawyers for the Arab-American Civil Rights League say the memo could shed light on whether the executive orders Trump issued in January and March were motivated by religious prejudice.

In a court filing late Monday, Justice Department attorneys unleashed a fusillade of objections to the request, arguing that it is misdirected, that it's irrelevant to the legality of the Trump orders and that forcing government officials to search for the memo would be burdensome and intrusive.

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