In a mild but significant break with the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated on the Joe Scarborough TV show that presidential actions, including Trump's January 27 Muslim ban order (which is properly called a "Muslim ban" since all of the seven countries mentioned in the order are overwhelmingly Muslim in population, including, for example, Yemen, which Wikipedia lists as 99.99 per cent Muslim), are not above judicial review.

According to POLITICO, McConnell said that the power of judges to review the actions of other branches of government for legality applies to:

"Yes, all of us, both Congress and president..."

This is in direct contrast to White House aide Stephen Miller, who has been claiming that, with regard to the Muslim and refugee ban:

"the president's powers here are beyond question."

McConnell also said that he disagrees with the president's attacks against the federal district and appellate judges who have temporarily blocked his Muslim and refugee ban order.

The above is a stark reminder of what is really involved in the issues surrounding the president's January 27 executive order.

Beyond the question of whether some 200 million people living in seven countries (and by extension, potentially, citizens of other, or all, Muslim countries, around the world) can be barred from the United States because of their religion, lies the question of who will have ultimate power in America during the Trump years - the three co-equal branches of government, as provided by our laws and Constitution, or one man - Donald J. Trump.

The POLITICO story is at:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...-review-235042

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law