How many acting Attorney Generals of the United States get to read about their termination on Facebook? Sally Yates, stand up, because you’re fired.
Only President Donald Trump could do this.
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.
“I 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,” said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.
It was really Trump’s only move, given that Yates refused to defend the immigration ban which the White House has stood firm on given significant legal challenges. Trump could have waited until Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed, but either he blundered by issuing a controversial executive order without having his top lawyer in office, or he calculated this to ensure Sessions’ immediate and boisterous confirmation.
Either way, we probably won’t know the truth for a while, but this move makes Trump look bold to his supporters (the thrill never wears off for him) and cuts off his detractors at the knees before they could capitalize on Yates’ defiance.
Trump may manage to avoid the worst of the fallout here, as the news will move on to his SCOTUS pick tomorrow night. As usual, the news stories pile up like dead possums under the porch, until the media can’t stand the stench and moves on to fresher kill.
Yates had her moment in the limelight (unlike her forlorn Georgia Bulldogs–sorry I couldn’t resist). And now Democrats can fundraise for another week off this latest outrage (liberals, check your emails, they’re pouring in even now). Meanwhile, the Trump Train has already departed for the next station.
Can’t keep up? Must be low energy. Or simple exhaustion from this 10-day-old administration. I’ll go with exasperation, mixed with amused horror, like when you see your beloved wife backing into a spider web with a huge spider in the middle after you repeatedly shouted for her to stop.