President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend his order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world, the Washington Post reports. The White House said Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”
Trump named Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, as acting attorney general. He said he would enforce the immigration order. Yates said that as DOJ leader, she must ensure that the department’s position is “legally defensible” and “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.” Yates said she was not convinced that Trump’s order is lawful.