Judicial Branch Page Restored To White House Site After Social Media Outcry

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January 30, 2017 11:39 a.m.

As soon as the official White House website changed hands to the Trump administration on Jan. 20, a page on the site explaining the judicial branch as part of “our government” was removed. It was restored on Monday morning.

Following reports over the weekend that Customs and Border Protection officers had defied federal judges’ orders not to detain permanent legal residents affected by President Donald Trump’s immigration order, several Twitter users noted an ominous omission from the White House website:

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In fact, a link in whitehouse.gov’s site map to the page explaining the judicial branch disappeared as the site changed hands to the Trump administration. Cached pages on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine show the link was live on whitehouse.gov at 12:00 p.m. ET on Jan. 20, while it did not appear on the page at 12:01 p.m. that same day.

Cached versions of the page after that time show denied access and 404 errors.

The page appears to have been restored Monday morning between 10:56 a.m. ET and 11:05 a.m.

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