Judge threatens to hold Sessions in contempt

A federal judge on Thursday threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court after the Justice Department tried to deport a mother and daughter in the middle of their appeal.

“This is pretty outrageous,” U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan said after learning of the removal. “That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?”

Sullivan halted the deportation and ordered the Justice Department to “turn the plane around.”

An administration official told CBS News that the woman and her daughter never got off the plane in El Salvador before it returned to Texas.

The woman is a plaintiff in a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed this week challenging Sessions’ decision to refuse asylum based on claims by people seeking refuge from domestic and gang violence.

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