Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he's "amazed" a judge in Hawaii could block President Donald Trump's executive order halting immigration from several majority Muslim countries.
In an interview on "The Mark Levin Show" Tuesday night, Sessions said he's confident Trump will ultimately "prevail on appeal."
"[T]his is a huge matter," Sessions said. "I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power."
Last month, federal Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii issued an order that blocked Trump's ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries.
The Department of Justice is currently appealing the decision.
In tweets Thursday, both U.S. senators from Hawaii responded to Sessions' comments.
Sessions also said judges shouldn't "psychoanalyze" Trump.
"I think our president, having seen some of these really weird interpretations of the executive orders that he's put out, I think he's more understanding now that we need judges who follow the law, not make law," Sessions said.
"The judges don't get to psychoanalyze the president to see if the order he issues is lawful. It's either lawful or it's not. I think that it will be real important for America to have judges in the model of Judge [Neil] Gorsuch and [the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin] Scalia, people who serve under the law, under the Constitution, not above it, and they are faithful to the law. They honor it and don't try to remake it as they'd like it to be."
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