President Donald Trump Fired The Federal Government’s Top Lawyer

CNBC – January 30, 2017

Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is receiving widespread, worldwide backlash. Tonight things took an even more dramatic turn amid sustained protests around the nation and world when acting Attorney General Sally Yates came out and ordered Department of Justice lawyers not to argue in favor of Trump’s bigoted ban. Well, of course, Trump cannot stand to be crossed, so he promptly fired Sally Yates. Many parts of the order were already found to be patently illegal. The rest will surely wind up in the Supreme Court very soon. Yates refused to allow harm to come to refugees while this order is still untested in the courts.

The White House said on Twitter that Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, would replace Yates, an appointee of former Democratic President Barack Obama, as acting U.S. attorney general.

Yates on Monday told Justice Department lawyers in a letter that they would not defend in court Trump’s directive that put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Yates said she did not believe defending the order would be “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”

Trump has argued tougher vetting of immigrants is needed to protect America from terror attacks but critics complain that his order unfairly singles out Muslims and defiles America’s historic reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants.

There have been only a handful of instances in U.S. history of top Justice Department officials publicly breaking with the White House. The most famous example was in 1973, when then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned rather than obey President Richard Nixon’s order to fire a special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal

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