The United States of America seems to have been turned into a Banana Republic with a despot President who operates illegally and sacks those who oppose his illegal moves. Many of such despotic leaders are found in Africa and often stay in power for decades.
On Monday, President Donald Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she described his immigration ban as illegal and said the Justice Department would not defend it.
Trump fired her immediately, saying she had “betrayed the Department of Justice”.
Trump had signed an executive order that imposes a temporary ban on refugees and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries.
In a statement, the White House called Yates “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
NPR described Yates as an “Obama administration holdover with 27 years of experience prosecuting corrupt public officials and the man who bombed the Atlanta Olympic park”.
The Trump administration immediately named Dana Boente, the top federal prosecutor in suburban Virginia, the interim attorney general.
Boente, a veteran government lawyer with decades of experience, will serve until Trump’s nominee, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, is confirmed by the Senate.
NPR said: “Less than two weeks after his inauguration, and only hours after Yates sent a message to department lawyers announcing that she would not defend Trump’s order restricting travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, the new president removed the nation’s top law enforcement officer in a move not seen since the Nixon era”.
“In a bombshell letter to Justice Department attorneys working on cases filed by refugees and visa holders delivered around 5 p.m. Monday, Yates said she was not “convinced” about the legality of Trump’s decision to block travelers from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia for 90 days; to suspend new refugee admissions; and to ban the acceptance of Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Her letter cited a sense of responsibility for both law and justice:
“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts. In addition, 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. 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.
“Consequently, for as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.”
Justice lawyers had been in courts all over the United States this past weekend on the opposing side of refugees and travelers, sometimes making weak arguments and stating they didn’t have enough information about the executive order and its legal underpinnings, NPR said.