Democrats are up in arms over the firing of 'their' Acting Attorney
General, seemingly making her out to be some freedom-fighting martyr
for their cause of selective and political law enforcement... (as
The Hill reports)
Democratic National Committee released a statement late Monday
responding to ”tyrannical” President Trump’s decision to fire
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Yates was fired shortly after
she announced that Justice Department not to defend Trump’s
controversial executive order on immigration under her watch.
Trump can try to silence heroic patriots like Sally Yates who dare to
speak truth to power about his illegal anti-Muslim ban that emboldens
terrorists around the globe. But he cannot silence the growing voices
of an American people now wide awake to his tyrannical
DNC statement read.
That "mutiny" did not last long. At 9:16pm on Monday,
President Trump announced the firing of the acting attorney general,
Sally Yates, who defied him just three hours earlier on his
migrant-travel ban urging the DOJ not to follow his executive order,
saying she "has betrayed the Department of Justice."
AG Yates has been relieved of duty...
on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General
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 is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and
very weak on illegal immigration.
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
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.
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.
we detailed earlier, in what those with a flair for the dramatic
might be allowed to call "mutiny", Deputy Attorney General
Sally Yates, who is the current acting Attorney
General, has given orders to Justice Department lawyers not
to defend Trump's executive order.
just released statement is below:
January 27, 2017, the President signed an Executive Order regarding
immigrants and refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries. The
order has now been challenged in a number of jurisdictions. As
the Acting Attorney General, it is my ultimate responsibility to
determine the position of the Department of Justice in these actions.
role is different from that of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC),
which, through administrations of both parties, has reviewed
Executive Orders for form and legality before they are issued. OLC's
review is limited to the narrow question of whether, in OLC's view, a
proposed Executive Order is lawful on its face and properly drafted.
Its review does not take account of statements made by an
administration or it surrogates close in time to the issuance of an
Executive Order that may bear on the order's purpose. And
importantly, it does not address whether any policy choice embodied
in an Executive Order is wise or just.
in litigation, DOJ Civil Division lawyers are charged with advancing
reasonable legal arguments that can be made supporting an Executive
Order. But my role as leader of this institution is different and
broader. 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
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.
it is clear that Yates is making a purely political statement, her
glaring insubordination to the Trump administration will take on a
largely symbolic hue, and may be imitated by various other government
agencies which still have interim or permanent democratic leadership,
as is the case with every instance of political "mutiny."
The New York Times notes, Mr.
Trump has the authority to fire Ms. Yates, but as the top
Senate-confirmed official at the Justice Department, she is the only
one authorized to sign foreign surveillance warrants, an essential
function at the department.
said, Donald Trump's response, once he realizes he may have a mini
mutiny on his hands, should be interesting.
aide (and reported architect of Trump's immigration executive order)
Stephen Miller explains "this is
further demonstration of how politicized our legal system has
here is the authority that the president has to make his decision.
Alan Dershowtiz believes AG Yates "has made a serious
Having said the infamous
words "you're fired" once already this evening, when
President Trump relieved
acting AG Sally Yates of her duties just after
9pm Eastern, and perhaps realizing just how much he missed the sound,
moments ago Trump also relieved acting Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) Director Daniel
who was replaced with Thomas Homan, who previously led ICE's "efforts
to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens, including
those who present a danger to national security or are a risk to
public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally
or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our
border control efforts."
There was no immediate
reason given for Ragsdale's dismissal.
Spicer told reporters today that if State Department officials don't
like the executive order mandating a refugee ban they can quit.
career bureaucrats have a problem with it? They should either get
with the program or they can go…If somebody has a problem with that
agenda, that does call into question whether or not they should
continue in that post.