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Thomas Gallatin / January 31, 2017

Trump to Acting Attorney General: You’re Fired!

Trump acts quickly in replacing rogue AG.

Yesterday, acting Attorney General Sally Yates issued a directive ordering the Justice Department not to comply with Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans foreigners from seven countries. Yates justified her defiance of Trump based not on any substantiated concerns over the order’s legality or constitutionality but on her own personal belief that the order was not “wise or just.”

In response, Trump fired her. The White House released a statement that read in part, “The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” Trump then named Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, as Yates’ replacement.

This whole episode epitomizes just how politicized these federal agencies have become after eight years under Barack Obama. He stigmatized Republicans as the enemy and instilled within the federal agencies hard leftist leadership bent on promoting his socialist agenda. He refused to work with Congress in seeking genuine compromise, demanding only that lawmakers capitulate to his leftist vision for the nation. Obama created this politicized mess that, thankfully, Trump is more than ready to clean up.

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