U.S. President Donald Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates on Monday following her open defiance to the president’s executive order that imposes new travel restrictions on immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations. The action came after Yates wrote a letter to justice department lawyers ordering them not to enforce the unlawful executive order.
The Trump administration accused Obama appointee Yates of “betraying” the department of justice, adding that she is “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” notes The Guardian. This is just the second time after former president Richard Nixon’s sacking of his attorney general that a top justice department official has been dumped by the country head.
The Trump administration, which considers Washington bureaucracy a bitter rival obstructing its advances, may be set of more “political bloodletting” of this kind if it sticks to its “bunker mentality,” writes the BBC.