On Monday night President Trump fired the acting US Attorney General, Sally Yates over diverse opinions in the recent US travel ban.
According to a White House Statement, Sally was fired for disregarding the law which was designed to keep Americans safe.
“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,” -Sean Spicer, White House press secretary.
Defiant to the newly signed Trump’s executive orders, Sally Yates called on the Department of Justice lawyers to stop defending Trump’s executive order.
“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts,”
“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.”
Both Democrats and some Republicans have their reservations about Trump’s travel ban.
Firing Sally has made critics wonder if this administration will desist from influencing the justice system.
While Democrats strongly oppose Jeff Sessions, Trumps’s candidate for the Justice Department, Senator Chuck Schumer says it is imperative that Sessions pledges his independence before being confirmed as the Attorney General.
“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.”
The travel ban which has erupted protests and uproars all over the world has brought Obama back to the political spotlight after handing over a couple of weeks ago.
Though he did not directly refer to Trump, Obama’s spokesperson has said that the past president “fundamentally disagrees” with discrimination that targets people based on their religion.
Sally who started working at the justice department since the 1980’s was appointed by Obama in 2010 to run the local US attorney’s office.
For her replacement, President Trump has appointed Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. She will serve in that position until Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is confirmed by the Senate.
Dana has urged his legal colleagues to defend the immigration ban against legal challenges.