Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sally Yates No Longer Anonymous

Sally Yates
It takes a lot of guts to stand up against the most powerful man in the world.

Prior to yesterday evening, I doubt if most people had heard the name Sally Yates.  She was a "keep your head down" career Department of Justice employee.  After Loretta Lynch departed her position as Attorney General, Yates took over as Acting AG to keep the lights on and the office running.

Little did Yates probably know that she might have to make one of the most consequential decisions in the recent history of the Attorney General's Office.  When her moment came, she was ready to stand up and be counted, regardless of the personal cost.

It was Acting Attorney General Sally Yates that reviewed President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries and decided that it was indefensible and possibly unconstitutional.

Trump promptly fired her and found a someone that would defend his indefensible and possibly unconstitutional Executive Order.  That is Dana Boente.  He will serve as Trump's Acting Attorney General until Jeff Sessions takes over in the role.

The Department of Justice, by definition, must be above politics.  Yates, it seems to me, was trying to keep this above board.  She got fired for it.  Who knows what this means for our country.

I applaud her.

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