President Donald Trump has sacked acting U.S attorney general for “betraying” the justice department by refusing to enforce a legal order that was implemented to protect the citizens of America.
Yates had written to lawyers in the Justice Department instructing them not to enforce Trump’s executive order that bans refugees and nationals from certain Middle East and African countries.
Dana Boente has been drafted in to replace Yates. Boente, is the US attorney for the eastern district of Virgina. Trump’s choice for the job, Senator Jeff Sessions is yet to be confirmed.
Before her dismissal, Yates had the top law enforcement position in the U.S. She was appointed by Barak Obama and controlled the immigration litigation office of the justice department. This department handled the complaints filed against Trump since his executive order went live on Friday.
In her letter she wrote, “I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. 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.”
Yates was sacked three hours later despite praise from activists and Democrats.
The action brought condemnation from the Democrats who described Yates as a heroic patriot that spoke the truth to power, and that the anti-Muslim ban will do nothing but bolder extreme ideology and give rise to terrorism.
Yates’ dismissal did earn praise from Trump supporters. Newt Gingrich said that it parallels The Apprentice, a reality TV show which featured Trump firing wannabe high flying executives.
A White House statement said that Ms Yates was weak on borders and it was time to get serious about protecting our country, and that “calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”