The current Attorney General is Sally Yates. She will be the acting Attorney General until President Trumps appointee is finally nominated. She just declared that the attorneys for the Justice Department will not defend the recent immigration order put in place by the President. It temporarily bans citizens from a total of seven countries from entering the United States. The liberal mainstream media is freaking out over it because they are countries that are predominantly Muslim.
Yates has maintained that the order to temporarily ban the migrants is unlawful. She argued that she must make sure the departments actions are legally defensible and,
“Consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. 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. For as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.”
However, her decision is tainted. She was second in command under President Obama. She was simply put in as a place holder until a new Attorney General can be put in place. On Tuesday the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take a vote on the attorney general pick. Jeff Sessions, a Senator from Alabama, is up for the nomination. He was nominated by President Trump.
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White House officials have not commented on the statements the acting Attorney General made. However, her efforts would appear to be fruitless. Should Senator Jeff Sessions be approved tomorrow then the new Attorney General would begin within a matter of days or weeks. Considering he is an appointee of President Trumps it is highly possible Sessions would simple retract the order the acting Attorney General made to not abide by the executive order on immigration.
It would appear that Yates actions are all show and no go since they will likely have little to no impact on what happens in the long run. The President also has the power to fire the Attorney General. Making her decision to rebuke the executive order rather odd. If nothing else, her decision has highlighted the large divide in ideological thought between the White House and outgoing high profile members of different federal agencies.