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1943, 30 Jan 17

Acting Attorney General Defies President

I don’t recall this ever happening before.

The US acting attorney general has told the justice department not to defend President Trump’s immigration order.

Sally Yates, appointed chief legal adviser by Mr Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, said she was not “convinced” the order was lawful.

The president’s ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries sparked street protests in the US and abroad.

Last time I checked, the AG is an advocate for the government – not a judicial body. This reeks of political and personal posturing to me. After all, what does she have to lose? She’ll be out of a job and looking for her next opportunity in a few days. Look for Yates to be celebrated as a hero of the Left and land a cushy position somewhere.


1943, 30 January 2017


  1. jjf

    Sayeth the Wikipedia:

    The original duties of this officer were “to prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his or her advice and opinion upon questions of law when required by the president of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments.”

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    Nixon did something similar.  Archibald Cox ?

    Looks like she was doing her job.  She and trump had differing opinions, but that doesn’t mean she was wrong, or that there was any political or personal posturing involved.

  3. Le Roi du Nord

    Just saw this on FB.  Too good to be true.

    “Senator Jeff Sessions asked Sally Yates, at her confirmation hearing for Deputy Attorney General, “If the views of a president wants to execute are unlawful, should the attorney general or deputy attorney general say no?” Yates replies in the affirmative, and she goes on agree that it’s the duty of the attorney general to tell a president if he’s in violation of the law”.


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