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By The Associated Press, Jan 30, 2017

Sally Yates ‘betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce’ Trump’s ban, press office says

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend Trump’s controversial executive order (David Ake, Associated Press)

Accusing her of betrayal and insubordination, President Donald Trump on Monday fired Sally Yates, the acting attorney general of the United States and a Democratic appointee, after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his controversial refugee and immigration ban and refused to defend it in court.

The dramatic public clash between the new president and the nation’s top law enforcement officer laid bare the growing discord and dissent surrounding Trump’s executive order, which temporarily halted the entire U.S. refugee program and banned all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days.

The firing came hours after Yates directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend the executive order, saying she was not convinced it was lawful or consistent with the agency’s obligation “to stand for what is right”…

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