Trump fires acting attorney general for refusing to defend immigration order in court

In a statement, the White House denoted Yates, "weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration."

Trump fires acting attorney general for refusing to defend immigration order in court

US President Donald Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, concluding she has "betrayed the Department of Justice" by refusing to defend his executive order that imposes a temporary ban on refugees and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries.

In a statement, the White House denoted Yates, "weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration."

Yates is an Obama administration holdover with 27 years of experience prosecuting corrupt public officials and the man who bombed the Atlanta Olympic park.


The Trump administration immediately named Dana Boente, the top federal prosecutor in suburban Virginia. Boente, a veteran government lawyer with decades of experience, will serve until Trump's nominee, Alabama Sen.

Hours after Yates sent a message to department lawyers announcing that she would not defend Trump's order restricting travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, the new president removed the nation's top law enforcement officer in a move not seen since the Nixon era.

In a bombshell letter to Justice Department attorneys working on cases filed by refugees and visa holders, Yates said she was not "convinced" about the legality of Trump's decision to block travelers from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia for 90 days, to suspend new refugee admissions and to ban the acceptance of Syrian refugees indefinitely.