Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a leftover official from the Obama administration, has been fired by President Trump on Monday night after she “betrayed the Department of Justice” when she instructed them to not defend the president’s refugee ban.
Sally Yates was only filling in as Attorney General until Trump’s pick, Senator Jeff Sessions, could finish the confirmation process (which the Democrats are delaying as much as possible) and take his appointed position.
Yates wrote a letter to the Justice Department saying, “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 continues by stating, “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.”
President Trump, who was famous for his phrase of “you’re fired” during his time with The Apprentice reality show, acting swiftly to terminate Yate’s participation in the Justice Department, stating that she is “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
Well, it’s probably safe to assume that anyone appointed by the Obama administration shares that weakness on protecting America’s borders and enforcing immigration laws. Statements of defiance like the ones that Mr. Yates made only makes it easier for President Trump to identify and remove fanatic Obama supporters still lingering in the government.
A statement from the White House press secretary’s office said: “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 travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”
Trump had “relieved Ms Yates of her duties” and Boente would take over until Sessions’s confirmation by the Senate “where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons”. Sessions, a longtime Trump ally, has drawn vocal opposition from liberal groups.
The White House statement quoted Boente as saying: “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.”
Here is the full official statement from the White House regarding the firing of Sally Yates.
Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General
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 travelling 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.
At least Trump’s incoming temporary Attorney General said he will actually perform his duties and defend America’s laws, which I imagine would be strong prerequisite for serving in the Justice Department.
It’s ok Ms. Yates, now you can proudly list on your resume that you refused to defend the American people, obstructed the orders of your Commander-in-Chief and put social justice warrior values over the safety of American citizens.
Swamp Draining Status: In process.