Earlier today TheBlaze reported that acting Attorney General Sally Yates had refused to defend Trump’s new immigration policies, and instructed Department of Justice lawyers to decline from defending the executive order that would temporarily halt immigration from Muslim majority nations.
Now it would seem the Trump administration has dismissed Yates, and replaced her with someone more inclined to support the Trump administrations efforts in their immigration policies according to a tweet from Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Her replacement is Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA.
.@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
Along with Yates’ dismissal was a statement from the White House saying that Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” and that she “is an Obama appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
According to the statement, Boente will serve as acting attorney general until Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the senate, “where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.”
Wow. Wow. Wow. pic.twitter.com/YkvYBDbMnY
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 31, 2017