Trump Fires Acting AG and Atlanta Native Over 'Betrayal'
January 31, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement on Monday that acting Attorney General Sally Yates had "betrayed the Department of Justice" in her refusal to enforce President Trump's executive order which placed immigration suspensions on resident of 7 Middle Eastern Countries.
In place of Yates, Trump appointed Dana Boente, a U.S. District Attorney from Virginia.
Sally Yates is known best to many Georgians as the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, a position she held from 2010-2015. In 2015 Yates was appointed as U.S. Deputy Attorney General by President Obama.
The White House statement regarding the dismissal of Yates is follows:
""Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration."
"It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country."
"Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons."
“I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General."