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State lawyer arguing with the judges over whether they should even be hearing the appeal

The lawyer for Washington state, Solicitor General Noah Purcell, is getting caught in a long debate with the judges about whether it is proper for the appeals court even to review the temporary restraining order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Robart.

The judges seem impatient with that argument.

Purcell says there could be full briefing before Robart, who first heard the legal challenge, by end of next week, and the case would then be clearer.

Hearing on Trump travel ban: Updates from the federal appeals court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is hearing arguments starting at 6 p.m. Eastern on whether to restore President Trump’s controversial immigration order.

The hearing, which will be conducted by telephone, is to review an order by a lower court judge to put Trump’s directive on hold.  The judges said each side would have 30 minutes to present their arguments beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern. It is unclear how soon a ruling could follow. The hearing will be live-streamed, the clerk of court said.

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