President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday, Jan. 30 after she defied him by refusing to have the Justice Department defend his controversial executive order on immigration.
“Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties,” the White House said in a statement.
Attorney General Sally Yates fired back, “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.”
The acting attorney general will be replaced within days, assuming President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), is confirmed. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Tuesday morning on whether to recommend he be confirmed by the full Senate.