Trump fires acting AG, replaces with US Attorney from VA

Trump fires acting AG, replaces with US Attorney from VA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT/AP) - Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a Democratic appointee, said she's directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend President Donald Trump's executive order on refugees. Shortly after the announcement, she was replaced.

Dana Boente will be replacing Yates. Boente is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, who led the case against former Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell was convicted in 2014 on several federal corruption charges, but those charges were vacated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. The case was later dropped by the Justice Department.

Yates released the following statement on Monday:

On January 27, 2017, the President signed an Executive Order regarding immigrants and refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries. The order has now been challenged in a number of jurisdictions. As the Acting Attorney General, it is my ultimate responsibility to determine the position of the Department of Justice in these actions.

Yates was appointed deputy attorney general by President Barack Obama. She became acting attorney general once Loretta Lynch left the position.

Trump's pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, has not yet been confirmed by the Senate.

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