by Susan Jones, CNSnews:
Monday night massacre!,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) exclaimed on the Senate floor late Monday night, as he blasted President Trump for firing Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama appointee, who refused to defend Trump’s executive order on immigration.
Schumer called Yates “a profile in courage.” And he blasted President Donald Trump: “You just can’t sit down, Twitter something out, then think, ok, let’s enact it,” Schumer complained.
By Tuesday morning, Joe Scarborough, the liberal host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was blasting Trump for using the word “betrayal” in connection with Yates. “It’s frightening! That’s what an autocrat would use,” Scarborough said. “Take that to Venezuela, okay? We don’t really want to use that sort of language here.”
The word “betrayal” appeared in a White House statement issued Monday night, which reads as follows:
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. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.
Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.
It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.
Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.
Boente, the new acting attorney general, also issued a statement, saying in part:
At approximately 9:00 p.m., I was asked by the President to serve in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.…
Based upon the Office of Legal Counsel’s analysis, which found the Executive Order both lawful on its face and properly drafted, I hereby rescind former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates January 30, 2017, guidance and direct the men and women of the Department of Justice to do our sworn duty and to defend the lawful orders of our President.
At the same time all this was happening, Trump adviser Stephen Miller, who helped draft the executive order on immigration, appeared on Fox News, telling Tucker Carlson that Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” Miller also said the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel had cleared and approved the executive order as “fully legal.”
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