President Trump's recent tweets about his controversial travel ban - now before the U.S. Supreme Court - could hurt his own case, with the administration's legal opponents already threatening to use the statements to their advantage.
Among those expressing concern are lawyers at the Justice Department, according to tweets by George Conway III, who withdrew from consideration to head the department's civil division last week.
Last week, the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to issue an emergency order to reinstate the travel ban.
US President Donald Trump has renewed his call for a travel ban to protect Americans from "certain dangerous" countries after the latest terror attack in London. The ACLU posted a tweet Monday afternoon: "Yes, we may incorporate @realDonaldTrump's tweets about the ban into our Supreme Court argument".
"What he's saying is, 'I'm the president, I'm the tough guy, I wanted a very tough travel ban and the damn lawyers are weakening it, '" Dershowitz said. "The courts are slow and political!" he said in another.
If anything, I suspect that Trump's tweets have stiffened the spine of the judiciary, including members of the Supreme Court. In a tweet, the president disclosed that a ban is precisely what it is.
US Senator Ben Cardin, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and opposes the ban, said on CNN the tweets showed the Republican president's disdain for the judicial branch.
The executive order in question, entitled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorists' Entry Into the United States", issued on March 6, was Trump's second attempt to ban foreign nationals from six countries identified as being state sponsors of terrorism or havens for terrorists, the first having been issued on January 27.
Federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii suspended the ban, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed with the Maryland judge that the order was discriminatory.
The states also said courts should be wary of extending the full array of constitutional rights, including entry to the US, to foreigners living outside the country. Law professor Josh Blackman called Trump "the worst client" for the Justice Department's solicitor general.
Some constructive criticism (again) for the president: Yes, Twitter helps him reach his base, and it's very likely most grassroots folks see this as Trump speaking truth to corruption.
The president has stepped up his calls for implementing the travel ban following the weekend attacks in London. NY lawyer George T. Conway III, whose wife is White House aide Kellyanne Conway, wrote that online statements "may make some ppl feel better", but won't help win a Supreme Court majority. The Justice Department declined to comment.
They argued "taking that oath marks a profound transition from private life to the nation's highest public office, and manifests the singular responsibility and independent authority to protect the welfare of the nation that the Constitution reposes in the president".
In his brief to the high court, Paxton argued that the March 6 executive order can not be seen as a pretext to create a religious test for entry into the United States because Trump classified "aliens by nationality - not religion".