Democrats denounce President Trump for firing the nation’s top law enforcer, Attorney General Sally Yates, after she refused to carry out Trump’s directives.
Bar refugees and those traveling from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.
According to The White House, Attorney General Sally Yates “betrayed” the Justice Department.
Trump alleges she’s a threat to national security!
She was fired Monday night.
Democrats warn an ominous outcome.
Democrats claim tyranny.
Democrats claim that the Justice Department must uphold their constitutional duties across all agencies even if it defies an executive order.
Lawmakers compared this scandal to the historical equivalent President Nixon’s 1973 Watergate scandal and the subsequent firings in the ol'”Saturday Night Massacre.”
For a little history lesson:
During the Watergate scandal, Archibald Cox sparked the resignation of two top administration officials — Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.
Fast forward: Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2017:
Rep. John Conyers (Mich.), senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee:
“President Trump has commenced a course of conduct that is Nixonian in its design and execution and threatens the long-vaunted independence of the Justice Department.”
“If dedicated government officials deem his directives to be unlawful and unconstitutional, he will simply fire them as if government is a reality show.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hailed Yates’s “courage” and accused Trump of acting recklessly “to get the answer he wants.”
Thus far executive order bars travelers from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia for 90 days; blocks refugees from all countries for 120 days; and bans Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Protests, stranded travelers, and police involvement and Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Attorney General Sally Yates’ place in the middle of the night.
Source: Dems hammer Trump for Nixon-style ‘massacre’ in The Hill