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.