Trump Fires Acting Attorney General: Yates Has ‘Betrayed’ the DOJ

Did we just lose a level or protection we were hoping to have for a little while longer?

Sorry Sally Yates.  Apparently you were fired for doing your job in the Trump administration.  Maybe he was jealous that Arnold was having all the fun on "The Apprentice."

The United States Attorney General (A.G.) is the head of the United States Department of Justice per 28 U.S.C. § 503, concerned with legal affairs, and is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government.

“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,” Ms. Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers.

 

Hours after the acting Attorney General said she directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees, Sally Yates was fired.

"The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," according to a statement from the White House.

In a memo Monday, Yates, an Obama appointee who is serving until Trump attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions is confirmed, said she was not convinced that Trump's order is lawful, or that its defense is consistent with the department's obligation to "always seek justice and stand for what is right."

Yates has been replaced by Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump's order was "about the safety of America" while the new president himself played down its impact, saying on twitter that just 109 people out of 325,000 "were detained and held for questioning." White House officials have said that was during the first 24 hours after the ban.

But nearly 400 legal permanent residents were delayed upon their arrival back in the United States between the time the travel ban was signed and Sunday evening, according to a federal law enforcement official. All of those people were ultimately allowed back into the country. – nbcnewyork.com

 

To hear more about the utter disaster Trump created with his anti-whatever he wants to call it ban, head over to nbcnewyork.com.

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