Tonight, President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates. The Obama administration appointee was notified this evening that her services were no longer needed.
Yates had recently refused to defend President Trump’s executive order to restrict entry from certain countries deemed hotbeds for terrorist activities.
In a letter to the White House, Yates stated that she believed the executive order to restrict migrant travel was unlawful, emphasizing that, as long as she was Attorney General, she would not instruct her deputies to argue in cases for Trump’s travel restrictions.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took to Twitter to announce Yates’ departure and note her successor.
.@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
An official email to news sources from the White House reads:
Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General
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.
Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.
It 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 country.
Tonight, 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.
The President has the legal authority to fire the Attorney General. He has appointed U.S Attorney from the Eastern District of Virginia, Dana Boente.
Boente released a statement on his recent appointment:
“I 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.”
Boente will serve until Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the Senate, a move which is expected to take place within the next week.