“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Ms Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers. “At present, I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”
"Ms. Yates is an Obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the White House said in a statement. “It is time to get serious about protecting our country.”
Read the Trump Administration's Executive Orders here
Read the Obama Administration's Executive Orders List here
President Trump has appointed Dana Boente to the position of temporary Acting Attorney General effective immediately. He is a longtime federal prosecutor who is best known for his handling of public corruption cases. Boente, a 33-year veteran of the Justice Department, most recently oversaw the prosecution of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell which was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court.
President Trump's attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), is expected to be confirmed by the Senate soon. The vote could occur before the end of this week.
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