The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, who refused to defend President Trump’s immigrant ban, has been fired.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced via Twitter Monday night that Yates has been relieved of her duties.
Spicer said Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has a been appointed as the new acting Attorney General.
Yates sent out a letter Monday evening directing the Justice Department lawyers to not defend challenges to President Trump’s immigration order, which temporarily banned citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries with ties to terror from traveling to the United States.
Yates had stated in her letter, “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.”
.@POTUS has named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA as Acting Attorney General. Sally Yates has been relieved.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) January 31, 2017
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 31, 2017
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