Monday, January 30, 2017

Don't Mess with The Donald: Trump fires acting AG for defying immigration ban

Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)

The AG is a cabinet level position  who serves at the pleasure of the president of the United States. 
That means President Trump can fire any cabinet member whenever he feels like it and doesn't have to give a reason.  This wouldn't have happened if the Democrats stopped dragging their feet and approval Jeff Sessions as AG.

NY Post reports President Donald Trump on Monday fired Sally Yates, the acting attorney general and a Democratic appointee, after she refused to defend in court his controversial refugee and immigration ban.

The extraordinary public clash over Trump’s most consequential policy decision to date laid bare the discord and dissent surrounding the executive order, which temporarily halted the entire U.S. refugee program and banned all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days.

The firing came hours after Yates directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend the executive order, saying she was not convinced it was lawful or consistent with the agency’s “obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”

In a statement, Trump said Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” He named longtime federal prosecutor Dana Boente as Yates’ replacement.

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