White House releases statement on Sally Yates

The White House released a statement Monday saying Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, has been fired for refusing to enforce President Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees. The statement said Yates "has betrayed the Department of Justice." Trump has fired the acting attorney general who ordered Justice Dept. not to defend president’s travel ban

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2017
Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General
The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by
refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.
This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of
Legal Counsel.
Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very
weak on illegal immigration.
It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for
individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and
necessary to protect our country.
Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named
Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting
Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he
is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.
aI am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed.
I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our
nation are protected,a said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.
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