Mere moments after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates stated the Department of Justice would not legally defend the President’s Muslim ban, she was fired.
“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 after consideration of all the facts. In addition, 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. 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.
“Consequently, 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 that it is appropriate to do so.”
Fired for doing the right thing. Yet the Trump Administration immediately plays to the emotions of his base:
In a press release, the White House said Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”
New Acting AG: Dana Boente, US Attorney General for the Eastern District of Virginia who you can bet will follow in lock step to Trumps marching orders.
So much crazy. Betrayed? Betrayed?
And he called her weak. Twice.
Meant to send a signal to the rest, right? No dissent allowed.
That’s exactly what this is. Coupled with Bannon’s “The press should shut up” and Spicer’s “Our diplomats should get in line or get out.” These are moves a dictator makes. Stocking their administration with rubber stampers and Yes Men, vilifying anyone who dares challenge the administration. Calling the AAG (who happened to be female) weak.
The new Acting AG Dana Boente has already said he’ll defend the immigration ban EO.
Imagine how Trump will react were he to lose in November 2020! He could lost the Electoral College 538-0 and would likely still be calling everything rigged, vowing to remain in power, refusing to leave the WH… Good times ahead!
At this point, I’m will not be surprised if we’ll have gerrymandered the entire house to Republicans, and some “crisis” arises to make Congress give the FDR treatment to Trump.
And I don’t even have my tinfoil on yet.
I respect her for doing this. She knew immediately that her job was done, but she did what was right.
Not sure if I can embed this from FB, but this is video of her at her confirmation hearing — where Jeff Sessions asks her if she could say no to an illegal order from the President.
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