Justice Department will not defend Trump refugee ban

Yates has been replaced by Dana Boente, who has been serving as U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Virginia since December 2015.
“I’ve never read White House statement as nasty as Trump’s attack on Acting AG Sally Yates, ‘ Dean tweeted”. He’s expected to be confirmed Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee and could be approved within days by the full Senate. The White House said he would serve “until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons”.In 2015, during her hearing to become deputy attorney general, Yates explained that her job would be to offer independent legal advice.Acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she was not convinced the executive order issued by President Trump was lawful – and the DOJ would not defend it in court under her watch.Yates is a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of the UGA law school, where she was the executive articles editor of the Georgia Law Review.

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Monday night’s firing of Yates, a career prosecutor appointed to a political position by Democrats, underscored the growing dissent – even among some Trump administration officials – over his executive order that halted America’s refugee program and suspended immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations.Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) waited until after Yates was ousted to comment, and said that the incident showed that the Trump presidency had already failed. Yates’ decision signified a major about-face by the department.There’s also precedent for the Justice Department objecting to laws that its leaders believed unlawful, including when Attorney General Eric Holder in 2011 said the department would stop defending the Defence of Marriage Act.Acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she doubted the legality and morality of the president’s executive order.Writing at Politico in the aftermath of the firing, former Justice official Brian Fallon asserts, “it is an entirely appropriate exercise of the attorney general’s authority to determine whether, and how, to defend a president’s executive orders in the face of legal challenge”. “They have nothing going but to obstruct”.