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White House dismisses veteran DOJ acting AG stating she betrayed her agency

Follow up to previous posting and numerous related articles – Trump Refugee and Visa Order Generates Dissents from Diplomats, DOJ, Goldman Sachs, Silicon Valley

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was a 27 year veteran of the DOJ. Via The Atlantic: “President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates only hours after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend his controversial executive order restricting Muslim travel and immigration to the United States, escalating a growing political crisis that has consumed his early presidency. In an extraordinarily personal statement announcing the dismissal, the White House said “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.” [This is the full text of the White House statement.]

  • See also via BuzzFeed – “Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general pick, once told Yates that she should be able to say no to the president if he asks for something she thinks is “unlawful.”
  • Via TIME – A White House Devoid of Integrity
  • Via The Atlantic – Can It Happen Here? “David Frum says democracy is under threat.”

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