Washington DC: President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday night for refusing to defend his executive order about travel ban on 7 Muslim majority countries, US Media Reports.
Sally Yates had served as deputy Attorney General under President Obama’s. President Trump declared in a statement that Sally Q. Yates has betrayed the administration by announcing that Justice Department lawyers would not defend Mr. Trump’s order against legal challenges.
Trump has argued tougher vetting of immigrants is needed to protect America from terror attacks but critics complain that his order unfairly singles out Muslims and defiles America’s historic reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants.
Mr. Dana J Boente, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia replaced Ms. Yates, saying that he would serve as attorney general until Congress acts to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. In his first act in his new role, Mr. Boente announced that he was rescinding Ms. Yates’s order.