Jan 30, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump fires acting attorney general

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Trump is cleaning house at the Department of Justice. The White House statement:

Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons. 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.

Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, is out after saying she wouldn't direct DOJ lawyers to defend Trump's order on refugees. Statement calls her "weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration."

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