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Trump sacks attorney general for “betraying” and questioning legality of immigration ban

Tuesday, January 31st 2017 - 11:45 UTC
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President Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general, after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban. Sally Yates, who had been appointed under Barack Obama, earlier ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president's executive order. Read full article

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  • ElaineB

    How long before Trump in impeached? Not long.

    The U.S. Attorney General is supposed to interpret and advise on the law. She was doing her job. Trump is acting like a dictator and that will not be tolerated for long.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 01:25 pm - Link - Report abuse -5
  • Marti Llazo

    “ Not long” ? Who is going to impeach Trump, Elaine? His own party, that controls both houses of their congress? A House majority and a Senate supermajority? What is the probability of that any time soon? Those majorities were elected in part to achieve many of the same ends as their president.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 02:55 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Little J

    Unfortunately I have to agree with Marti Llazo as the current political situation stands at this moment.

    However hopefully members of both Chambers, will start to realize that the U.S.A. cannot continue having a President who acts like a tin-pot dictator from some banana country and that they will commence to take the necessary measures to get this despicable person out of office, within short. Perhaps wishfull thinking?? So be it.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Captain Poppy

    How long? Once they begin dismantling Obamacare, roll back corporate taxes and a few other agenda items, Trump will need to move swiftly through the threshold hold or that door will hit him in the ass. And then, Pence can sterilize his arm because his hand is so far up Trump ass, one can see him flipping everyone the bird when Trump opens his mouth.

    What have we all posted about the South American president? Attack the media, neutralize them if you can, invoke edicts or EO's, then, eventually, they will go after the Constitution. I watch this shit each and every day on all the channels and it's getting exhausting. The whisperings behind closed doors are getting louder with each day that delivers a new mini and some not so mini crisis to Trumps government. If the GOP fails to provide the medicine that Trump so desperately requires, November will not be so pleasant for him.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 06:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bisley

    The US Attorney General is a political appointee who serves at the pleasure of the president, and is there to implement the president's policy regarding law enforcement. Yates was an Obama political appointee, filling the gap until Trump's appointee is confirmed by the Senate. She is opposed to Trump's policy and intentionally attempted to undermine and delegitimize what he was doing for political reasons. He was absolutely right in firing her -- his only mistake was in retaining her, even temporarily.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 06:42 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • DemonTree

    “In a statement, the White House said Ms Yates had “betrayed” the department.”

    Another page from the populists' playbook; accuse anyone who opposes you of being a traitor.

    Of course it was inevitable that he would sack her, but she was right not to enforce the order if she believed it to be illegal.

    I agree that the Republican House and Senate will not impeach Trump for anything but the most serious crime or disaster, unfortunately. And his supporters won't desert him for doing any of the things Captain Poppy mentioned, those are what they want.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 07:20 pm - Link - Report abuse -6
  • ElaineB

    @ CP

    What Bannon is doing, with the sudden ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries is creating a “shock event.” The event has to be unexpected (it was) and confusing (no one knew how to implement it), therefore throwing society into chaos. It is done to further divide people and to attempt to establish the person apparently responsible (Trump) as the only person able to restore order.

    If anyone speaks out against the 'shock event', they are labelled as enemies and/or fired. Whilst everyone is running around protesting about this 'shock event' Bannon will perform the sleight of hand to achieve the real goal. Something hugely unpopular but he has everyone looking in the wrong direction.

    Look out for what the real goal is.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 07:32 pm - Link - Report abuse -6
  • Marti Llazo

    US media: '...Although Ms. Yates stated she had qualms about the legality of the order, she did not in fact argue that the EO was illegal and admitted that the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel had agreed that the order was “lawful on its face and properly drafted.” ........ .....[ nor is it] the attorney general’s responsibility to stand in the way of an executive action that has been judged legal, even if flawed policy. An attorney general can certainly give advice about the wisdom of any particular order, and even suggest the legal difficulties it might give rise to, but taking on the role of independent “censor” is not part of our legal or constitutional heritage... '

    If that is accurate, it would seem that the acting attorney-general was attempting to countermand the authority in question, not because the president's order was illegal, but because she personally didn't like it, and directed the US Justice Department to act in a manner that was contrary to the lawful direction of the president. General MacArthur got canned for much less than that. If you have personal qualms about carrying out a lawful directive, you have the option of abandoning the office and seeking opportunities elsewhere.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 08:03 pm - Link - Report abuse +5
  • DemonTree

    IF that is true, then she should have resigned due to her moral objections rather than order the lawyers not to enforce the ban.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 08:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Well she has been sacked now.
    and these anti trumpets will wait a long time to never see trump impeached

    The American voters voted for him and he is now in charge.

    Feb 01st, 2017 - 01:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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