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WeChat app displayed on an iPhone. August 7, 2020. WeChat app displayed on an iPhone. August 7, 2020. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

A judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hypothetically asked a Department of Justice attorney whether the president has the authority to issue an executive order shutting down a U.S.-based platform used to stage a coup against the federal government.

Circuit Judge Ryan Nelson posed the question during a hearing Thursday over a preliminary injunction halting President Donald Trump’s executive order banning WeChat in the United States. However, the inquiry is increasingly relevant after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week and as governmental buildings and courts brace for more attacks ahead of the inauguration.

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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