Obama appointed Attorney General Sally Yates Tells DOJ Not To Defend Trump Refugee Order

Obama appointed Attorney General Sally Yates Tells DOJ Not To Defend Trump Refugee Order

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, appointed by Obama, just told the Department of Justice that they should not attempt to defend the controversial “Muslim Ban.”

Considering she’s only serving until Sessions is confirmed, it’s really more of a symbolic order than anything, but it’s still an annoying attempt to undermine the current President.

From CNN:

The acting Attorney General Sally Yates has told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees, according to sources familiar with the order.

Yates, an Obama appointee who is serving until Trump attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions is confirmed, does not believe the substance of the order is lawful, according to the sources.

“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,” she said in a letter. “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,” she wrote.

Luckily this is only in place until Sessions takes her place. How obnoxious.

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