You’re fired: Trump fires acting AG for betrayal, refusal to defend executive order

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As TK Whiteman reported earlier, Sally Yates, the Obama holdover serving as acting Attorney General, refused to defend President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven countries known to be hotbeds of terrorism.  As a result, she was relieved of her duties and replaced by Dana Boente, the current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to Breitbart:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying that Yates, an Obama administration appointee, had “betrayed the Department of Justice” by refusing to enforce Trump’s order.

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the statement read.

Trump replaced Yates with Dana Boente, the current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, until Sen. Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the Senate.

“It is time to get serious about protecting our country,” Spicer’s statement continued. “Calling for tougher vetting for individuals traveling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”

Predictably, Spicer was attacked and called a Nazi in response to his announcement…

https://twitter.com/OmanReagan/status/826255099030671360

Of course, because protecting the country from terrorist attacks makes one a Nazi…

Apparently, some on the left think protecting the country from terrorism is evil:

Jonathan Adler, who teaches courses in constitutional, administrative, and environmental law at the Case Western University School of Law, wrote:

Some have asked what I think AAG Yates should have done, given her views of the EO. My answer is simple: Resign, and then publicly explain her reasons for doing so. If Yates believes that the President’s various comments about a “Muslim ban” undermine her ability to defend (or oversee the defense of) an executive action that OLC concluded (and she does not dispute) is “lawful on its face,” she should have stepped down as Acting Attorney General.

There is some precedent for this sort of thing. Recall the “Saturday Night Massacre,” when Attorney General Eliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckleshaus resigned rather than fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox at President Nixon’s insistence. If AAG Yates believes she is being asked to do something that violates her conscience — as she apparently does — this is the model she should have followed.

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