Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"A government of laws, not of men" II

Today the Acting US Attorney-General Sally Yates instructed the Department of Justice not to defend Donald Trump's Muslim ban as she was not convinced it was lawful.

Trump just sacked her:

Donald Trump has fired his acting attorney general after she told justice department lawyers not to defend his executive order banning travel for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The White House said on Monday that Sally Yates had “betrayed” the department by refusing to enforce a legal order “designed to protect the citizens of the United States”.

She will be replaced by Dana Boente, US attorney for the eastern district of Virginia, to serve as acting attorney general until Senator Jeff Sessions – an anti-immigration hardliner accused of failing to defend civil rights – is confirmed by the Senate.

And there we have it: the US's highest law officer sacked for defending the constitution she was sworn to uphold. Its another step on the road to tyranny, and it really makes you wonder what Trump is going to do to the judges who have ruled against him...