“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.” – Former Acting Attorney General Ms. Yates [New York Times]
IT’S BEGINNING to feel a lot like the Nixon era, minus the foreign policy acumen.
It’s a historic day, reminiscent of the Saturday Night Massacre.
The decision by the acting attorney general is a remarkable rebuke by a government official to a sitting president that recalls the dramatic “Saturday Night Massacre” in 1973, when President Richard M. Nixon fired his attorney general and deputy attorney general for refusing to dismiss the special prosecutor in the Watergate case.
That case prompted a constitutional crisis that ended when Robert Bork, the solicitor general, acceded to Mr. Nixon’s order and fired Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor.
Ms. Yates is a career prosecutor who has worked for Democratic and Republican administrations. Bob Barr first hired her back in the late 1980s.
Her firing puts a blinding light on the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions.
.@POTUS has named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA as Acting Attorney General. Sally Yates has been relieved.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) January 31, 2017
From the Kremlin on the Potomac… complete with a typo. It’s “traveling” here in the U.S.
QUESTION: How many people did it take to write this statement appointing Mr. Boente? It’s not just Trump’s voice in it.
Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General
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.
Sally Yates was not a fringe Dem nominee to be Obama's deputy AG. Broad bipartisan support for her confirmation. pic.twitter.com/ejBs4pSvzF
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) January 31, 2017