Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Fired By Donald Trump. What It Means For America.
There’s so much in the news regarding President Trump’s Executive Order banning Muslims from 7 countries from entering the United States, that following it is almost like putting a jig saw puzzle together. There are many, many pieces that make the whole.
On Saturday, a U.S. District Court judge placed a temporary injunction on Trump’s Executive Order. A hearing is scheduled for next month. That means that the federal judge is giving the United States (Trump) time to prepare and file a defense as to why the Executive Order is not in violation of the constitution. It has now been reported that four federal judges have temporarily enjoined the Executive Order.
Earlier this evening, cable news reported that the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, was not going to defend Trump’s Executive Order. According to the New York Times;
“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,” Ms. Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers.
Raw and other sources now report that President Donald Trump has “relieved” acting Attorney General Sally Yates of her duties as reported by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Spicer made the announcement via Twitter, writing: “@POTUS has named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA as Acting Attorney General. Sally Yates has been relieved.”
The Danger In Trump’s Firing of Yates
When a person interviewed on cable news was asked of the possibility that Trump might fire Yates, he replied that of course, Trump has authority to that, but Yates is the only person remaining with the Attorney General’s office who was confirmed by Congress.
He went on to explain that the law requires that federal warrants be signed by a person who has been confirmed by Congress. Trump’s appointee, Jeff Sessions, has not yet been confirmed by Congress. This means that now, the Office of the Attorney General – U.S. Department of Justice, has absolutely no one in authority to sign federal warrants.
We had better hope that no one commits a federal crime.
It’s just as dangerous as now having no authoritative staff in the State Department.
Posted on 01/30/2017, in civil rights, Department of Justice, politics and tagged Acting Attorney General, Department of Justice, Donald Trump, federal, fired, Sally Yates, terminated, warrants. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.