Republican lawyers say Donald Trump's continued push on his Twitter account for the courts to reinstate his travel ban might actually be hurting his cause.
Jack Goldsmith worked in the Justice Department during former President George W. Bush's first term and presented his case on Twitter via 17 separate tweets that spelled out why he feels Trump is undermining his own presidency.
A sampling of Goldsmith's posts:
Walter Dellinger, former President Bill Clinton's acting solicitor general, told Politico Trump's tweets are hurting his case.
"Trump has rendered moot the debate in the litigation over whether campaign statements should be inadmissible by incorporating by reference all those statements and turning them into presidential proclamations," Dellinger said.
"Either they have a client who can't control himself or a client who is trying to sabotage the case."
Also criticizing the president was George Conway, the husband of counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway. The former withdrew his name from consideration for a Department of Justice post last week.
One former judge, however, said Trump's tweets urging courts to reinstate his temporary travel halt from six countries with a terror presence might actually work in his favor.
"The best hope for the government to prevail has always been that the executive order stands for what it says but not for what the president might have subjectively intended," former federal judge Michael McConnell told Politico. McConnell was a Bush appointee.
"For the president to be expressing disappointment might actually strengthen that position."
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