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Conservative justices lean toward upholding President Trump’s travel ban

A police officer stands guard on the steps of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, June 15, 2017.
A police officer stands guard on the steps of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, June 15, 2017.

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President Donald Trump appears likely to win his travel ban case at the Supreme Court.

The case was argued this morning in front of the High Court.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy both signaled support for the travel policy in arguments Wednesday at the high court. The ban's challengers almost certainly need one of those two justices if the court is to strike down the ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the most aggressive questioner of Solicitor General Noel Francisco in his defense of the Trump policy, and the three other liberal justices also raised questions about it.

The justices voted in December to allow the policy to take full effect pending their full consideration. This morning was the first time they took it up in open court.

The Trump administration is asking the court to reverse lower court rulings that would strike down the ban.

The Supreme Court is considering whether the president can indefinitely keep people out of the country based on nationality. It is also looking at whether the policy is aimed at excluding Muslims from the United States. A decision is expected by late June.

With files from the Associated Press


Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter at Bloomberg who was at the oral argument this morning; author of “A Black and White Case: How Affirmative Action Survived Its Greatest Legal Challenge” (Bloomberg Press, 2006); he tweets @GregStohr

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