Trump Fire Sally Yates… Taps Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court

Trump Fire Sally Yates… Taps Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court

Trump Fire Sally Yates… Taps Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court

President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night for “refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” the White House said.

“(Yates) has betrayed the Department of Justice,” the White House statement said.

Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was sworn in at 9 p.m. ET, per an administration official. A few hours later, Boente issued a statement rescinding Yates’ order, instructing DOJ lawyers to “defend the lawful orders of our President.”

Trump didn’t call Yates to dismiss her, she was informed by hand-delivered letter, according to a different administration official.

The dramatic move came soon after CNN reported Yates told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.

The move set up a clash between the White House and Yates, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and was set to serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, if confirmed.

“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts,” she said in a letter. “In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”

Trump’s executive order, signed Friday, bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee program. Yates’ decision came amid a flood of protests against the executive order nationwide and after four federal judges ruled against Trump’s order, staying its impact on people who were detained at US airports over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Trump on Tuesday selected Neil Gorsuch to succeed Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, setting up a nasty confirmation battle with Senate Democrats stung over the GOP blockade against former President Obama’s pick.

Trump named Gorsuch, a well-respected conservative who sits on the Colorado-based 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, after a drama-packed day that resembled the president’s former reality show “The Apprentice.”

Trump said he has promised to nominate a judge who respected the law and loved the Constitution.

“Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them and I am a man of my word and will do what I say, something the American people have been asking of Washington for a very long time,” Trump said.

Trump appeared to relish in the spectacle of the event.

After narrowing his list of 21 picks to Gorsuch and Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, both men came to Washington, D.C., giving the appearance that either could be picked.

A crowd of Republican stars filled the White House’s East Wing, including Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Mike Lee and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (Iowa) were among the GOP office holders on hand.

Members of Trump’s family, including Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., and his closest political observers were also in attendance, adding to the showmanship.

“Was that a surprise? Was it?” Trump asked after Gorsuch and his wife joined him on the podium.

He smiled before turning to the couple to shake their hands before inviting Gorsuch to take the podium.

As his nomination now moves forward to the Senate for consideration, Gorsuch said he looks forward to speaking with members from both sides of the aisle to answer their questions and hear their concerns.

“I consider the United States Senate the greatest deliberative body in the world and I respect the important role the Constitution affords it in the confirmation of our judges,” he said.

“I respect too the fact that in our legal order that it is for Congress not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply not alter the work of the peoples’ representatives.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

eighteen + 9 =