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Powerful Tweets About Sally Yates' Refusal To Defend Muslim Ban

Powerful Tweets About Sally Yates' Refusal To Defend Muslim Ban

"The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order created to protect the citizens of the United States", the White House said in a statement on Monday night.

The president will soon have in place like-minded political appointees, not officials inherited from the Obama administration like Yates, who refused to allow the Justice Department to defend his immigration orders in court.

The extraordinary legal standoff capped a tumultuous day in which the White House confronted an outpouring of dissent over Mr. Trump's temporary ban on entry visas for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Yates' order was reversed within hours by a new acting Attorney General, Dana Boente, a USA attorney in Virginia. The White House said he would serve "until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons".

A statement about her replacement, posted to Trump's Facebook page, specified that the executive order was approved by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.

U.S.travel restrictions put Saudi Arabia in a bind.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) waited until after Yates was ousted to comment, and said that the incident showed that the Trump presidency had already failed.


The announcement came as turmoil swirled around Washington over Trump's firing of Yates, an Obama administration holdover, as acting attorney general.

A scheduled Senate committee vote on Sen.

In 2015, during her hearing to become deputy attorney general, Yates explained that her job would be to offer independent legal advice.

"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", Yates wrote. She said that though other lawyers in the department had reviewed the order, their review had not addressed whether it was "wise or just".

Mattis, who stood next to Trump during Friday's signing ceremony, is said to be particularly incensed.

The U.S. Attorney General is the federal government's chief law enforcement officer.

USA officials and others with knowledge of the Cabinet's thinking insisted on anonymity in order to disclose the officials' private views.


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