Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Department lawyers to stop defending the president’s controversial immigration orders.
Ms Yates, who was appointed by Mr Obama, said she was “not convinced that the executive order is lawful”.
“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,” Ms Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers. “At present, I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities.”
The Attorney General serves at the pleasure of the President. So, obviously, this can be done.
An interesting question though, what actually is the full ole? Is there an element of having to tell the rest of the Cabinet “we can’t do this, it’s illegal” or isn’t there?
He goes on to ask: “Do you think the attorney general has a responsibility to say no to the president if he asks for something that’s improper…?”
Ms Yates replied: “I believe the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the president.”