US President Donald Trump on Monday fired the acting attorney general, a holdover from the Obama administration, after she ordered Justice Department attorneys not to defend his controversial immigration orders.
In a statement released by the White House, which called Sally Yates “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration”, the White House criticized Democrats for not yet confirming the appointment of attorney general-designate Jeff Sessions.
The White House said in the statement;
“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,”
“Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms Yates of her duties.”
Federal prosecutor Dana Boente will 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,”