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Muslim ban: Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s lawyer of choice to represent him at the Supreme Court and push through his controversial Muslim ban executive order has said he no longer wants to be considered for the job.

Chuck Cooper, who was a top contender to argue for Mr Trump in the nation’s highest court, withdrew from consideration on Thursday night.

The decision was made the same evening that the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld federal Judge James Robart’s decision to enforce a temporary stay on Mr Trump’s order.

Mr Trump vowed to fight back and take the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Mr Copper said in a statement to The Independent that he was “deeply honoured” for the consideration but had “great respect” for any public servant in the Trump administration.

“But after witnessing the treatment that my friend Jeff Sessions, a decent and honorable man who bears only good will and good cheer to everyone he meets, had to endure at the hands of a partisan opposition that will say anything and do anything to advance their political interests, I am unwilling to subject myself, my family, and my friends to such a process,” he said.

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