Minutes later, Yates received her letter of dismissal.
The letter was signed by John DeStefano, and read “the president has removed you from the office of Deputy Attorney General of the United States.”
Not long after, Sean Spicer, the new press secretary at the White House stated that, “Ms. Yates is an Obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
Ms. Yates was clearly angered with trump’s decision to sign these executive orders and even thought about resigning, but was fired before she could get to it.
Since then, she has been shooting fire at trump, blaming him of making poor decisions and questioning whether he was president material.
“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.
The only question here about what to do next was whether Mr. Sessions would be confirmed by the Senate promptly.
This was solved when Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, got positive feedback from Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
At this point Trump was resolute to fire her.
Spicer states that Yates failed to defend a “legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States” previously approved by by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.
“It is time to get serious about protecting our country,” Mr. Spicer said in the statement. He accused Democrats of holding up the confirmation of Mr. Sessions for political reasons. “Calling for tougher vetting for individuals traveling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”
Of course, the Democrats supported Yates, and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the stated that the “attorney general should be loyal and pledge fidelity to the law, not the White House. The fact that this administration doesn’t understand that is chilling.”
As Joshua Stueve stated in a phone interview, Mr. Boente had no problem approving the signing of the executive order.
Yates was privileged to authorize the signing of numerous documents while working in Office However, after she left Mr. Boente became approved by Senate and now he was in power to authorize these warrants.
The reason why Ms. Yates did not support of this signing was because she did not believe it would help America progress and in her opinion, this was anything but wise.
Back in 1973, the “Saturday Night Massacre” resulted in an unfavorable climate in America, but Robert H. Bork, the then solicitor general, complied with Mr. Nixon’s order and fired Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor.
Yates, on the other hand, comes from Obama’s administration which makes this case even more sensitive. Ms. Yates, a career prosecutor, is different because she is a holdover from the Obama administration. Yates accepted to act as an attorney general until Mr. Sessions officially approved.
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