According to the White House, the federal government’s top lawyer Sally Yates has ‘betrayed’ the DOJ and President Donald Trump has fired her.
On Monday Yates had defied the White House and said the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations.
In a letter, Yates had told Justice Department lawyers in a letter that they would not defend in court Trump’s directive that put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The White House announced on Twitter that Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, would replace Yates, as acting Attorney General.
According to Yates, Trump’s order would not be “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”