President Donald Trump has fired the acting Attorney general, Sally Yates, after she defied him on his recent controversial travel ban. T...
President Donald Trump has fired the acting Attorney general, Sally Yates, after she defied him on his recent controversial travel ban. The ban has drawn both criticism and support nationwide, but after Yates refused to abide by the executive order, Trump fired her -- and the White House said the Obama appointed Acting General 'betrayed' the state department with her refusal to enforce legal order that "was designed to protect citizens of the United States."
Yates landed herself in hot water with the White House when she sent a letter to justice department lawers, telling them not to defend Trump's executive banning entry of both citizens and refugees from seven-Muslim majority countries. In response Yates said she "will not present arguments in defense of" that executive order.
“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Yates wrote in a letter to justice department lawyers. “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.”
In the letter, Yates continued, saying: “[F]or as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order,” detailing that she is “not convinced” that defending the order met with her responsibilities as head of the Justice Department “to always seek justice and stand for what is right.” Within hours, she was removed from her position.
The act has drawn support from immigration activists and Democrats, yet Yates was fired within hours after sending out the later. In a statement released by the White House press secretary's office, Yates was said to be "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 travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.” Said Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Spicer tweeted out Monday that Yates "has been relived", and replaced by Dana Boente, the current Acting Attorney for Virginia:
.@POTUS has named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA as Acting Attorney General. Sally Yates has been relieved.— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) January 31, 2017
The release of Yates after her remarks against the Presidents executive order has drawn both criticism and support from Americans nationwide. Tony Posnanksi replied to Spicer's tweet, saying: "Fired for doing the right thing? Weak."
However, to which others replied that Yates was fired for disobedience, not for "the right thing", as one California resident points out that "insubordination" is the reason Yates was replaced:
When another replied "insubordination is exactly what a fascist would call the act of taking a moral stand.", Natasha Razi, an editor who vocally disagrees with Trump's executive actually sided with the decision to release Yates, saying "her job is literally to uphold the laws."
Yates took over the Acting General position after Loretta Lynch's departure. Just 90 minutes before Yate's release, Trump said the "Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G."@2wallyworld @WokeWhiteGuy @wits_mcgee @tonyposnanski @PressSec @POTUS Her job description is literally to uphold the laws of the nation.— #NoDAPL Natasha Razi (@swingingstorm) January 31, 2017
The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2017
That "Obama A.G." was Sally Yates, and just three hours after that tweet, the White House released this statement officially assigning Dana Boente as her replacement:
Former Attorney General Eric Holder chimed in, saying:
Sally Yates: person of integrity/attorney with great legal skill. Has served this nation with distinction. Her judgment should be trusted.— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) January 31, 2017
However, Holder has been criticized for his bias against Trump, as one tweeted back, calling him a "sore loser":
Jack Goldsmith, a law professor at Harvard, found Yates statement lacking as reports legal editor Chris Geidner, who said Goldsmith noted "that she never states she had concluded that Trump’s order is unconstitutional or that there were no reasonable arguments to advance in its defense — the usual standard the Justice Department uses when deciding whether to defend a law or executive action"
Read the full letter that is both praised and criticized by Sally Yates: