President Donald Trump has just fired Sally Yates, the acting attorney general.
The White House said Yates “betrayed” the department by refusing to enforce a legal order “designed to protect” US citizens.
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. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.“It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals traveling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.“I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.
Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, will replace Yates. The new acting attorney general has already confirmed that he will reverse Yates’s position and tell justice department lawyers to defend the travel ban.”
The new Acting Attorney General, to me just now, on whether he'll enforce the immigration order. pic.twitter.com/Mcll4z6ish
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) January 31, 2017
Boente will serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is said to be “wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.”