President Trump fires acting Attorney General for insubordination Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Surrounding Areas on January 31, 2017 by Publisher Photo courtesy the White House. President Donald J. TrumpWASHINGTON D.C. — President Donald J. Trump fired acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, Monday evening and appointed 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," a press release from the White House stated.Following the resignation of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who resigned her position on Inauguration Day, Yates was asked by the Trump administration to become acting Attorney General until Lynch's replacement is confirmed by the United States Senate.Yates served as Deputy Attorney General under Lynch. She was appointed by former President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on May 13, 2015."Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration," the White House stated."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."Yates had sent a letter to Justice Department attorneys directing them not to file any legal arguments defending President Trump's executive order temporarily barring travelers from seven countries for 90 days and halting the acceptance of refugees for 120 days."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 after consideration of all the facts. In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. 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," Yates wrote."Consequently, for as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so."Following Yates' letter, President Trump fired Yates Monday evening."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 White House stated.Boente is expected to honor President Trump's executive order until Senator Sessions is confirmed by the Senate."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," newly acting Attorney General Dana Boente said.The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. CT today on the nomination of Senator Sessions. Following a recommendation by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the confirmation vote will head to the full Senate. You may also be interested in readingPresident finally orders flags at half-staff to honor Chattanooga victimsFederal Judge rules Obama Administration misled courtGovernor Abbott to refuse Syrian refugees relocating to TexasChina threatens Trump as Texas politicians meet with Taiwan PresidentObama’s final State of the Union address before he spoke a wordTexas AG’s office to present arguments during executive amnesty hearingShooting in Garrett kills one; suspect arrestedTexas files suit against Federal Government over Syrian refugee placementBarton speaks out against sanctuary cities after bill passageCedar Hill man sentenced to 72 months in federal prison on child porn conviction ← Red Oak police catch two runaway children from OklahomaDelilah – SPCA adoptable Pet of the Week → You must log in to post a comment.