Just hours after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates last night ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) not to defend President Donald Trump's refugee ban, the Trump administration fired her, The Daily Beast website reports today (January 31, 2017).
Yates -- an Obama appointee -- was serving as attorney general (AG) until Trump's own AG was approved by the U.S. Senate. If he had been approved earlier, this calamity would not have occurred.
Last night -- in a disobedient defiance of the president's executive order to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. -- Yates announced that the DOJ would not defend Trump's ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Hours later, the Trump administration called Yates "weak" and announced Dana Boente as her replacement. A statement by the Trump administration reads, in part: "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."