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Many BLASTED Trump for Firing Acting Attorney General…Law Professor SHUTS IT DOWN!

There is a saying that those who serve in the executive branch of the government serve at the pleasure of the president. Essentially, that means that they serve when, how and for however long he wants them to. As President Trump took office, he left in place several Obama-era appointees throughout the government. One of those individuals is now out.

The Independent Journal Review reported that President Trump “relieved acting Attorney General Sally Yates of her duties on Monday after she ordered the Justice Department not to defend his controversial refugee ban.”

Yates had been serving as head of the agency pending confirmation of the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to serve as Trump’s attorney general. A statement was released by the White House announcing Yates’ departure.

“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect citizens of the United States,” the statement read.

The statement also called her “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”

It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tough vetting for individuals traveling from seven dangerous places is not extreme,” the statement read in defending the president’s executive order. “It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”

The Federalist reported on a series of tweets by South Texas College of Law professor Josh Blackman in response to Trump’s actions. Blackman asserted that Trump has the legal right to take the actions he did with regard to Yates.

Duty to take care that the laws are faithfully executed belongs to POTUS alone,” Blackman said. “If appointee gets in the way, removal is the only option.”

The notion that an official could simply refuse to follow President’s order, rather than resign, is itself contrary to [separation] of powers,” Blackman continued. “The president’s oath to support & defend the Constitution matters. If his appointees (or worse, holdovers) disagree, they should resign.”

Pending Sessions’ confirmation in the Senate, Yates will be replaced at the Justice Department by US Attorney Dana Boente. A vote on Sessions is expected Tuesday.

Source: The Federalist

Source: Independent Journal Review

Source: USA Today

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