BREAKING – Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied His Muslim Ban (TWEETS)

UPDATED 1/30/17 11:18p.m. EST – Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have issued statements on Yates’ firing. We will continue to update this piece as necessary.

UPDATED 1/30/17 12:00a.m. EST – The new acting attorney general, Dana Boente, has instructed Justice Department lawyers to defend Trump’s unconstitutional immigration ban.

This evening, word came in from the White House that President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Yates refused to enforce the executive order on immigration and refugees — aka the Muslim ban — signed by Trump this past weekend.

Ben Jacobs, political reporter for the Guardian tweeted the statement, released by the White House:

The statement echoes some of the same language used by Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to the president, in pointing out the affiliation Yates has to the previous administration. This type of language is generally avoided by the White House.

Or, at least it was until this administration.

Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has already been sworn in as acting Attorney General until the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as Trump’s pick for Attorney General goes through.

The statement from the White House also attempted to get in a smear at Senate Democrats, who are rightfully dragging their feet on confirming Sessions, given his checkered, racist past.

Boente, though, was apparently not next-in-line for the job.

Chalk this up as yet another unprecedented and dangerous move by a dangerous administration.

I’d ask what could possibly come next, but I’m legitimately afraid to do so.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued the following statement:

“Tonight, the Acting Attorney General was fired for upholding the Constitution of the United States.  What the Trump Administration calls betrayal is an American with the courage to say that the law and the Constitution come first.

“President Trump’s executive order violates the Constitution, dishonors our values, and weakens the security of the United States.  National security experts are warning that the President’s ban will make it harder, not easier to defeat terror.

“Earlier tonight, House Republicans blocked Democrats’ emergency bill to rescind this dangerous and unconstitutional executive order.  Now, President Trump has fired the Acting Attorney General to get the answer he wants.  Republicans will have to decide whether they will be complicit in the President’s reckless, wrathful and unconstitutional agenda.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted:


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Carrie is a progressive mom and wife living in the upper Midwest.