Trump Fires AG Yates for Not For Saying Travel Ban Was Indefensible, Act Harkens Back to Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre”

Monday, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates advised those lawyers in the Justice Department not to defend the multiple lawsuits that have been initiated calling for stoppage of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from 7 different countries that has been called countries with connections to terrorism. Monday evening, President Trump, believing that Yates was undermining his authority, fired her from her duties.

In standing with those who believe the travel ban to be unconstitutional, Yates, took a side against this administration. Trump issued a statement calling Yates basically an enemy to the administration, the statement said that Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” There are many others, though, that say Yates did her constitutional duty in protecting Americans as she did when she took the oath at her confirmation hearing. Yates was not told of the executive order until it was actually issued without regard to the position of Attorney General.

As usual when President Trump disagrees with someone, went on to try to defame the Acting Attorney General saying of her, Yates is someone “who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.” Yates though said that his executive order as, “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.”

The statement announced that Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is named as acting attorney general. Boente told The Washington Post that he will agree to enforce the immigration order. The White House statement said of appointment of a new A.G that, “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.” Boente has already been sworn into his new temporary position.

This new act by President Trump have political commentators hailing back to the Nixon Administration and what is called the “Saturday Night Massacre.” The massacre was the metaphor for the acts of President Nixon firing the independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox which then led to the resignations of resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. The resignations and firing of those Attorney Generals were due to the investigation into the break in at the Democratic Headquarters within the Watergate Hotel. The night occurred October 20, 1973, six years into the Nixon Presidency. Social media has been quick to point out it only took Trump 10 days into his administration to achieve the same notoriety.

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