President Trump just fired Sally Yates, who was Acting Attorney General.
Yates was a holdover from the Obama Administration. She refused to enforce Trump’s Executive Order on refugees.
Here’s the White House statement:
The White House has fired Sally Yates, acting attorney general, after she told Justice Department lawyers not to defend Trump’s exec order pic.twitter.com/0WgeOXX8MV
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 31, 2017
Here’s the text of the statement via 11Alive.com:
“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.
“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.
“It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.
“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.
“I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.”
TRUMP FIRES ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL https://t.co/kKkaNudGdA
— Drudge Report Feed (@drudgefeed) January 31, 2017
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 31, 2017
Pres. Trump had an “Apprentice” flashback tonight. Told Sally Yates “You’re Fired”. She put her stuff in a box, they drove her off in Limo.
— Dr.Darrell Scott (@PastorDScott) January 31, 2017
Trump is not messing around!!