Obama-holdover acting Atty General defies Trump immigration order

Sally Yates. (Wiki)
The now fired acting AG. (Wiki)

UPDATE: President Trump fires acting AG Yates.

As reported by Fox News 6 of Milwaukee;

President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, according to a tweet from his press secretary.

President Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer tweeted that President Trump has named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA as acting AG.


It certainly didn’t take long for Obama leftover Sally Yates to defy her direct superior.

While the final vote for Attorney General designate Jeff Sessions flounders in the US Senate, thanks to the Establishment Republicans and almost every Democrat, the Department of Justice has been ordered not to enforce President Trump’s Executive Order regarding citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations entering the United States.

As reported by The Hill;

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates sent a letter Monday ordering the Justice Department not to defend President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees in court, the New York Times reports.

“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,” Yates  reportedly wrote in the letter.

The White House did not immediately comment on Yates’ order.

Yates’s decision suggests she does not want to put the credibility of the Justice Department behind the order, which is expected to be challenged in court.
The acting attorney general will be replaced within days, assuming President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), is confirmed.
Sessions would then enforce the order, though it is possible the Trump White House could replace Yates in the interim with someone else at Justice who would be asked to defend the order.

The executive order Trump signed on Friday bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and denies entry for 90 days for all individuals from Syria and six other predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.

A federal judge in New York on Saturday granted a request from the American Civil Liberties Union, filed on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at John F. Kennedy Airport, to temporarily block the order.

Senior adviser to the President Stephen Miller said the move by Yates is a “demonstration of how politicized process has become” on MSNBC.


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