Sally Yates, an Obama appointee who is the Acting Attorney General until Trump nominee Jeff Sessions in confirmed, has just violated the terms of her job.
As Attorney General, she is to uphold the law of the United States and defend it. Even if she is personally opposed to a statute, she is required to put up a defense.
But, being a partisan Democrat, she isn’t a fan of President Trump’s anti-terror immigration measures.
In opposing them she is OPENLY defying the President and the government she serves at the pleasure of.
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) January 30, 2017
Here is the full text of the letter Yates wrote to Justice Department lawyers, ordering them to defy the President.
Let’s put aside the FACT that President Obama did the exact same things, her job is not to defy the will of the President. Her job is to defend him, his executive orders, and our laws in our courts.
That’s it. It isn’t to play politics and undermine our institutions.
Can you imagine if a Republican did this to a sitting Democrat President? The media would be going ballistic and calling it a coup! There would be marches and protests on the Justice Department. Instead she will no doubt be held-up as brave and as a hero.
Trump might have difficulty firing her, too:
Mr. Trump has the authority to fire Ms. Yates, but as the top Senate-confirmed official at the Justice Department, she is the only one authorized to sign foreign surveillance warrants, an essential function at the department.
Ms. Yates, if this is how you truly feel then please resign your position and allow someone else to carry out the constitutionally required duties of your office.
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