Attorney General Jeff Sessions' dismissive statement about Hawaii was "really bizarre," according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Sessions said earlier this week that he was "amazed" that a judge "on an island in the Pacific" could block the president's immigration ban.
"A friendly reminder to Jeff Sessions as attorney general: Number one, Hawaii, that island in the Pacific, is our 50th state. Number two: Judges routinely issue orders that apply nationwide," the Connecticut Democrat said on CNN Friday.
Sessions was on "The Mark Levin Show" Tuesday, where he discussed a ruling by Judge Derrick Watson that blocked President Donald Trump's immigration ban.
"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," the attorney general said.
In response, Blumenthal said, "There is nothing amazing about that fact except that our constitutional system really is amazing . . . it's the marvel of the world."
A spokesman for the Justice Department told CNN that Sessions' "point . . . is that there is a problem when a flawed opinion by a single judge can block the President's lawful exercise of authority to keep the entire country safe."
Sessions denied that he was "criticizing the judge or the island," on CNN's "At This Hour" Friday.
"I think it's a fabulous place and had a granddaughter born there."
He added, "it's a point worth making that a single sitting judge out of 600, 700 district judges can issue an order stopping a presidential executive order that I believe is fully constitutional, designed to protect the United States of America from terrorist attacks."
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