Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general Sally Yates as she ordered the Justice Department attorneys not to defend Trump’s immigration ban. According to some reports, Trump has named Dana Boente who will be replacing Yates.
The White House called Sally Yates “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.” The White House said in a statement “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.”
The statement further added that President Trump has “relieved Ms Yates of her duties.”
According to the Trump’s White House, Dana Boente will 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.”
Sally Yates was promoted by former US President Barack Obama. She defied Trump’s travel ban and ordered other attorneys not to support Trump. In a memo to Department of Justice staff, she expressed doubts about the legality and morality of Trump’s decree.
Here’ what she said- “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is.”
“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,” stated Yates. She further added, “For as long as I am the acting attorney general, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the executive order, unless and until I become convinced.”
The executive order was signed on Friday January 27th, which closed the gates of United States for seven countries- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It has also suspended the arrival of refugees for 120 days. There have been protests over airports against the decision since then.