Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who is an Obama appointee, thought it would be a good idea to try and oppose President Trump on his newly enacted executive order.
Yates earlier today instructed lawyers for the Justice Department not to defend or make legal arguments for Friday’s executive order concerning immigration and refugees. And under normal circumstances she may have gotten away with it. But Donald Trump is not your typical President.
The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2017
Yates is obviously still loyal to Obama and is putting her own politics over the safety of U.S. citizens. White House policy director Stephen Miller, who was one of the architects of the executive order, said Yates’ decision;
“(Is) a further demonstration of how politicized our legal system has become. It’s sad that our politics have become so politicized that you have people refusing to enforce our laws.”
The Department of Justice is key to ensuring the national security of America. That the leader of the DOJ is actively opposing President Trump and telling her entire Department to do the same is appalling.
This opposition, if it still exists in the Department of Justice, will be short lived however. President Trump has just sworn in a new acting Attorney General, Dana Boente, a US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. And Trump’s pick for the job, Senator Jeff Sessions, is scheduled for a vote on his confirmation in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Sessions is expected to defend the executive order vigorously.