February 15, 2017 / 4:57 PM / 6 months ago

Texas Attorney General backs Trump in travel ban litigation

NEW YORK, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court for permission to file legal papers in support of President Donald Trump's travel ban, making Texas the first state to back Trump in closely-watched litigation over the ban.

Paxton asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California to file a friend-of-the-court brief. In the brief, he said that the full court should reconsider whether a lower court judge was justified in halting the ban. (Reporting by Andrew Chung)

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