US seeks to dismiss appeal of Seattle court ruling on Trump's previous travel ban

Protesters demonstrating against US President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, outside the US Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington.
Protesters demonstrating against US President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, outside the US Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington.PHOTO: NYTIMES

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Department of Justice on Tuesday (March 7) said it would voluntarily dismiss its own appeal of a Seattle federal court ruling that had suspended President Donald Trump's first executive order concerning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The Trump administration this week issued a new executive order that supplanted the one which had been challenged in court by the state of Washington.

In a court filing on Tuesday, the Justice Department told the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals that Washington state did not oppose the administration's request to end its appeal.