Restraining order effective nationwide, DOJ will challenge:
The White House on Friday night said the Justice Department will challenge a judge's nationwide halt of President Donald Trump's immigration order.
The Trump administration initially called the order "outrageous," but minutes later, dropped that word in a second statement about the matter.
"At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. "The president's order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people."
A federal official told CNN DOJ lawyers were not expected to file an appeal Friday night.
The order by federal Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee who presides in Washington state, is a significant setback for Trump's controversial travel ban and created another round of chaos nationwide over the policy's legality. Friday evening, Customs and Border Protection alerted airlines it would begin reinstating visas quickly.
"The court concludes that the circumstances brought before it today are such that it must intervene to fulfill its constitutional role in our tripartite government," Robart wrote in the order.