Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general declined to support an amicus brief opposing the President’s revised executive order.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, refused to sign an amicus brief challenging President Trump’s updated travel ban, after supporting the challenge to the initial travel ban in February.
According to Karen Langley of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shapiro maintained his opposition to the ban as a matter of policy but said that his decision to not join the new brief was “guided by the rule of law.”
Langley pointed out that Shapiro’s “written remarks seemed to imply that the revised order did not share the legal shortcomings Mr. Shapiro saw in the first one.”
Shapiro was the only Democratic attorney general to support the first amicus brief but decline to sign on to the second.
Other Democratic attorneys general have refused to sign on to either challenge. Attorney General Andy Beshear (D-KY) for instance, joined neither the legal challenge to the first executive order in January nor the second in March.
Attorney General Jim Hood (D-MS) also declined to sign onto either amicus brief.
Despite the Democrats’ desperate urgency to organize resistance to the travel ban, the cases of Shapiro, Beshear, and Hood show the party has been unable to wrangle all of its attorneys general to take on the Trump administration.
Trump’s revised travel ban was blocked by a federal judge, but the administration has remained confident that the executive order will be held up on appeal.
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