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Donald Trump Fires The Acting Attorney General Of The United States

Sally Yates refused to defend Trump’s executive order on immigration and was fired. 


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WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday night, hours after she said the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s executive order on immigration.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that Yates had been relieved of her duties. Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was named as acting attorney general.
Spicer’s statement said Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice” by refusing to defend Trump’s order. The statement added that Yates, a career prosecutor whom Trump named as acting attorney general, is “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
Boente will serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is confirmed as attorney general. 
The stunning move was reminiscent of President Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” in 1973, when his attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned in protest after he ordered them to dismiss Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor in the Watergate case.
Earlier Monday, Yates wrote a letter stating she could not enforce Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations and instructing Justice Department lawyers not to defend the order.
“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,” she wrote.
Trump responded in a tweet, calling Yates “an Obama A.G.,” even though she agreed to serve as acting attorney general under Trump, and criticized Democrats for “delaying” the confirmation of Sessions.

The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G.
Yates was nominated to serve as deputy attorney general by former President Barack Obama, and was confirmed to that position in May 2015. Trump’s administration made the decision to appoint Yates as acting attorney general as well as to allow top federal prosecutors around the country who had been appointed by Obama to continue serving.  
Not long after the White House’s announcement, there was a flurry of activity on the fourth floor of the Justice Department building, located near the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Yates, accompanied by a significant security detail including members of the U.S. Marshals Service, was packing up her office into the evening. She declined an interview request that was relayed through one of the individuals in her entourage. Later, as a cart topped with boxes and bags was wheeled out of her office, an officer asked, then told, a Huffington Post reporter to leave the area. 
Around 11 p.m., Yates quietly left the building.
A DOJ spokesman said the new acting attorney general was sworn in at Justice Department headquarters at around 11 p.m. 
Source: Huffington Post

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