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Sally Q. Yates

On Monday afternoon Sally Q. Yates, President Barack Obama’s Deputy Attorney General who was supposed to serve as interim head of the office until Congress confirmed President Trump’s nominee, wrote Justice Department lawyers that “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.” By “these responsibilities” she meant defending the new president’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim countries, and by “executive order” she meant the law of the land as dictated by the same new president.

At 9:15 PM, according to the NY Times, Yates received a hand-delivered letter signed by White House aide John DeStefano, telling her “the president has removed you from the office of Deputy Attorney General of the United States.”


Then, at 9:17 PM by the NY Times’ clock, and in typical Trump fashion, White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying, “Ms. Yates is an Obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”

He had us at “Obama administration appointee.”

A little earlier, at 9 PM, Dana J. Boente, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was sworn in as Yates’ replacement, but not before he reportedly pledged to “defend and enforce the laws of our country.”

Turns out this part is crucial for the US Attorney General. Who knew?

Everyone was citing the October 20, 1973 Saturday Night Massacre, at the height of the Watergate scandal, when President Richard Nixon’s fired independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, which was followed by the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. Not an accurate comparison, other than the fact that it involved firing a lawyer. The “massacre” was begun by a desperate president was fighting for his political life, while the Yates firing was done by an enormously confident president who sent home a subordinate for refusing to carry out her assignment.

Incidentally, Yates confessed that she had considered resigning as soon as she heard about the traveler ban last Friday, but, as she told her colleagues, she felt sorry for her replacement who would have to face the same unpleasant job. So now that part was taken care of. Dana Boente, a 31 year veteran with the Justice Department, reportedly “had no hesitation about accepting the acting attorney general’s job given his ‘seniority and loyalty’ to the department.”

Or, as a spokesman for the United States attorney’s office put it, Boente told the White House that he is willing to sign off on Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigration.

Case closed.


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  1. now I understand why she was “Obama,s” choice.Glad shes gone,Liberal minded non-muslims are like stupid sheep willing ly going to their slaughter.wich is o.k. if they want to visit an islamic country “but in the U.S. don,t drag me down with you”.Thanks but no thanks forcing non-muslims to be a part of thier liberal stupidity.

  2. Maybe you wouldn’t love Trump so much if you had a developmentally disabled sister calling you numerous times a day hysterical and panic ridden about the possible future loss of her Medicare and Medicaid benefits, SSI benefits and other benefits she needs to survive. Maybe you wouldn’t love Trump so much if you had elderly women in your family living off Social Security because they grew up in an age when women were expected to stay home and take care of their children and thus now are seeing themselves having to live off Social Security, Food Stamps and other programs to survive. Maybe you wouldn’t love Trump so much if someone you loved had a mental illness that disabled them so much they could not work a living wage job. All this is going on while Americans are distracted with uncertain terrorist attacks that have such low odds of happening here. If you are going to let fear rule we have already lost to terrorist They don’t even now have to actually act on their threats. They can win just by making 3/4 fake threats and 1/4 actual threats. They don’t even have to carry out their threats in America to see our American leaders respond like chickens with their heads cut off. And don’t tell me Trump and Republicans are not wanting to decrease spending to help the developmentally disabled, the elderly, the vulnerable and the poor here in America. They have legislation already in the works to do so. Alarms are being sounded all over America by advocates for the Developmentally Disabled, AARP, and other such groups that work with such people daily about current legislation proposals asking people to contact their representatives in Washington DC. But by all means lets shake in our boots and tremble about immigrants. That problem is so bad our government has to reduce help to the vulnerable in America to pay for programs to combat that. Like thee terrorist can’t find ways around Trumps anti-terrorist programs.

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