Federal Court Gives Trump Until 8PM Tonight To Turn Over Names Of Transgender Military Ban Architects

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade:

In a move that could shed light on the motivation behind President Trump’s transgender military ban and embarrass his presidency, a federal judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. government to turn over — by a deadline of 8 p.m. EST on Thursday — the names of military experts that were consulted before he announced the policy on Twitter.

In a three-page order, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Washington State responds to a request for clarification from the U.S. Justice Department on whether that information must be turned over as part of ongoing litigation. The administration argued that information should be subject to executive privilege.

But Pechman declines to find that information should be protected because “the court cannot rule on a ‘potential’ privilege, particularly where the allegedly privileged information is unidentified.”

Read Johnson’s full report for more details.