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The acting attorney general, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States

Attorneys General are supposed to work to uphold laws that are clearly constitutional , not the half-baked decrees of a despotic president.

Trump is going to end up in a worse spot than Nixon, and the GOP will rue the day it ever allowed this jerk into the White House.

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Being fired by Trump is an honor and marks one as a person of integrity.

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Thank Allah for American Democracy where an individual can speak truth to power and the only price to pay is to be fired and not be arrested or executed. We can expect more Americans to rise up to defy and oppose Trump's delusional plan to establish an All-American Idiocracy.

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Excellent move by the president. Other lifetime pols take notice.

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Excellent move by the president. Other lifetime pols take notice. So is President Orange going to fire all 16 attorneys generals. LOL theyll be nobody left to work for him at this rate, well nobody with any integrity anyways. Seriously Pres Orange is turning into the next Putin, fires / assassinates anybody whos against his political ideology and could threaten his dictatorship.

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When we say trump is mad and a child, we are seeing reality. PLs see reality.What he is doing is like saying , every white man in America is a racists and a child.

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sound like he try to make america a dictatorship country, silmilar type of leadership as NK.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1965

Please read if you do not understand why she would not enforce the order.

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“The acting attorney general, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” the White House said in a statement.

Yet, the Executive Branch is refusing to obey several U.S. court's legal restraining orders, which is a constitutional violation. If the White House doesn't follow the rule of law, the U.S. doesn't have a meaningful constitution anymore.

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Sally Yates is not a politician, she has spent the last 30 years in law In private and public practice and has served the government as a prosecutor, prosecuting domestic terrorists like Eric Ruldoph (Olympic Park bomber) and has received the support of both Republicans and Democrats in her position as Deputy Attorney General.

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Here it is. An in your face nasty reaction by the leader of the free world. This woman is so more intelligent than the idiot that fired her. This is not going to go away. Mr Hitler had the same policy, Pol Pot, Robert Magarby, any North Korean Leader. Go against me and you are gone.

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THE LAW:

The Nationality Act of 1965:

"No person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence."

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Trump's lost it. He really has.

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Don't worry, he can't keep this up, his round will finish soon. The trump empire will crumble.

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Good on her. What a humiliating President to have, of such low quality that government employees are refusing to obey. Has any US President ever been so disgraced and shamed within 2 weeks of starting?

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She has quite a lot of grace, and is physically in very great shape. the kind of person who should run for president next election. Huffington post has a telling video of her being earlier interview by Sessions. Worth watching. Sessions looks Ike he knows what he's doing, even if he's way off my playing field.

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The 90 day ban was just a meaningless sideshow and now he's dug himself into a hole that he can't get out of. What's truly amazing is that nobody around him predicted that it would end up this way. Did they not think that the ACLU would be all over this? The scary thing is that I don't see how he can climb down now. Trump makes Rodrigo Duterte look like an accomplished statesman.

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"Being fired by Trump is an honor and marks one as a person of integrity."

Wrong.

Yates wouldn't get with the program to protect our country, so naturally, she's fired.

Oh my..

The president was elected to protect this nation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtnzSgxEX-I

We have the right to protect our own citizens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rb7DvSN8J8

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Federal prosecutor Dana Boente will serve as acting attorney general “until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons,” it said.

Oh. like the Republicans nearly bankrupted America by not allowing a budget thingy a few years ago? Karma mate, karma.

Trump won't last 4 years... I'm sure that in a locked room somewhere senior Republicans are plotting how to get rid of him. I predict either a White House coup, an assassination attempt or a meltdown will see Trump quit within the next 4 years.

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@serrano We have the right to protect our own citizens.Yes totally agreed but out of the 7 countries that the band is put on not once citizen from any of those Countries has ever committed an act of terrorism on US soil..It would be good to put a band on the Countries that have.The president was elected to protect this nation yes not divide it....

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A lot of people say the Immigration Act of 1965 does not take precedence over the Constitutional right of the President to implement National Security under Federal immigration law Section 1182(f). If the Trump order is illegal, seems the Visa Waiver Program statute passed during the Obama administration was illegal as well. That one was also based on a premise of National Security. It will be interesting to watch as it makes its way through the court system.

Put aside that Trump is principally relying on his inherent constitutional authority, and that the class restriction he has directed is based on national-security, not racial or ethnic considerations. Trump’s executive order also expressly relies on an Obama-era provision of the immigration law, Section 1187(a)(12), which governs the Visa Waiver Program. This statute empowers the executive branch to waive the documentation requirements for certain aliens. In it, Congress itself expressly discriminates based on country of origin. .... Under this provision, Congress provides that an alien is eligible for the waiver only if he or she has not been present (a) in Iraq or Syria any time after March 1, 2011; (b) in any country whose government is designated by the State Department as “repeatedly provid[ing] support for acts of international terrorism”; or (c) in any country that has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security as a country “of concern.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444371/donald-trump-executive-order-ban-entry-seven-muslim-majority-countries-legal

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"Trump won't last 4 years"

Only if he's killed. Otherwise, it's gonna be a glorious 8 years, baby! Followed by 4 years of Ivanka or one of the sons, or Tulsi Gabbard if none of the Trumps runs and she decides she's had enough of the Democratic Party.

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All hail the new Dear Leader

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How exciting to be an American these days! Every day brings a new adventure, a new headline, a new temper-tantrum by the leader of the free world.

In essence, he's acting much like the spoiled Hollywood celebrities that people who claim to be Republicans claim to despise.

Real Hollywood drama!

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So far so good,,Go Trump

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"How exciting to be an American these days! Every day brings a new adventure, a new headline, a new temper-tantrum by the leader of the free world."

I'm gonna fix that for ya, sourpuss - You're right up to "a new temper-tantrum by the leader of the free world," it should be "a new temper-tantrum by the media."

Oh my...

Obama appointee betrayed her office, country:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgpW3OwjR_c

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Executive Orders trump (pun intended) all other laws, including constitutional ones.

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Trump will run the country like his businesses. Anyone getting in his way is dealt with swiftly, legally or not, Mostly not. Expect more heads to roll before his own one meets its fate.

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This makes us remember President Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" when he purged the Justice Department, including the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, when the Justice Department disobeyed President Nixon's order to stop investigating the Watergate Scandal

This whole thing will be challenged thru the Constitution probably all the way to the Supreme Court

Trump can't fire the Supreme Court, whatever the Supreme Court decides

Unlike being the CEO of Trump Inc., the US government's Balance of Power means the US government CEO cannot just write his own rules with the end justifying the means, but has to strive for that end while still being constrained by the rules of the Constitution

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For those claiming Trump is only doing it for National Security, then If Trump is worried about National Security, why doesn't he ban people from Saudi Arabia (an oil rich USA ally and because he probably has huge business interests there as well).

15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists came from Saudi Arabia, NOT from Syria, Iran or Iraq.

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I thank her for her moral convictions and fidelity to justice. This is another one of the trumpian doctrine of " alternation facts" taken as a reason to implement the hideous doctrine of exclusion in a by-gone era . Trumps father- Fred (?) was of German descent and got wealthy building projects for immigrants .

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15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists came from Saudi Arabia, NOT from Syria, Iran or Iraq.

Dont people know what the petrodollar is?

And could we please stop with the 9/11-Saudi Arabia talk. It was an inside job.

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So far so good,,Go Trump

I second that. Clean house!

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The course of USA is not depending on others. The way of Donald Trump is not much different form Barrack Obama. I have voted Hilary however she will be talkative and very little actions in the reality. Trump will make America is not becoming France! I started liking Donald style of you are hired or fired.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/01/hypocrisy-obama-banned-iraqi-refugees-6-months-2011-liberals-said-nothing/

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I second that. Clean house!

Quite a ringing endorsement from JT's most partison, bipartisan.

For a minute, I was very angry. Until I read Bass' latest brilliant, totally nonpartisan post and then thought better of it.

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Quite a ringing endorsement from JT's most partison, bipartisan.

Not even close to being a partisan or even bipartisan, but go on....

For a minute, I was very angry. Until I read Bass' latest brilliant, totally nonpartisan post and then thought better of it.

See, someone finally gets it! Kudos!

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The Chump demonstrates his incompetence, once again. It took Bush eight years to bring down the global economic order, but Chump aims to do it in less than eight weeks.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/2015-video-jeff-sessions-questioning-075932724.html

2015 video shows Jeff Sessions asking Sally Yates if she would say no to the president if he asks for something 'unlawful'.

So, has Sessions said No to Trump yet?

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It took Bush eight years to bring down the global economic order,

And it took Obama 8 more to explode the deficit to $17 Trillion, not to mention leave us with a war in Afghanistan and Syria.

but Chump aims to do it in less than eight weeks.

From the looks of it, he might disappoint you and create a flourishing economy. You never know......

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Bush brought down the global economic order, did he now? You sure about that, glenn? It's gonna be a long 8 years for you, isn't it?

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It seems that America has no longer liberty and kinda dictator was born in Amercia for first time.

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A govt dept employee is required to have allegiance to their job and follow instruction from their superiors. The alternative - quit or YOUR FIRED [- with prejudice of course]

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Oh my...

Napolitano: Reprehensible that Justice Dept. could be rogue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjc2S-YB2PA

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Trump's biggest mistake is that he thinks he can run the country like he runs one of his companies; with no checks and balances from the other branches of the American government to speak to. He'll bully his way to make you believe in his ideals and force his dictatorship down every American's throats, whether you like it or not. He despises diplomacy and would rather make enemies of people who don't look and act like him, rather than have to deal with them. He also would gladly give up freedoms and liberty, as long as there is safety.

On the plus side, I've never witnessed such galvanization of bonds between various groups of people from across the globe against a common threat to humanity. Muslims, Hispanics, blacks, women, gays, lesbians, the handicapped, immigrants, foreigners, company CEOs, Silicon valley, uniting together to protest and express their displeasure of the hatred and explicit racism exhibited by the orange monkey in the White House. It is pleasing to me to see that there is a real sense of decency and common sense among such a broad spectrum of people in the world.

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This AG was going to be fired. She knew this. President Trump knew this. She decided to start her next career by getting some headlines a few weeks before she was fired due to natural changes made by new administration. She's smart.

She served as a United States Attorney and later United States Deputy Attorney General, having been appointed to both positions by President Barack Obama.

She was a political appointment. She knew her job would end the first 1-2 months of the new administration.

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She was a political appointment. She knew her job would end the first 1-2 months of the new administration.

2 or 3 weeks actually since Trump's nominee is expected to be approved this week or next.

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At this point, the only hope the GOP has is that they can use Trump as a scapegoat for all of this when it's all going down. But nah, I don't think people will let them just wash their hands of all responsibility in this one. I believe America's next President is guaranteed a progressive and liberal. Like way more Left than Obama or Clinton.

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Because in america, the "land of freedom" , you cant even have a different opinion.

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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 -- article

Her job was to enforce the laws that she swore an oath to uphold. She didn't, so President Trump told her: "You're fired."

Another career political wog has been sent packing. Bravo, President Trump, for keeping your campaign promise to drain the swamp. . . .

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Firing Yates has uncomfortable echoes of President Richard Nixon’s “Saturday night massacre” during the Watergate scandal.

Then, Nixon fired the Watergate special prosecutor, prompting the departures of his attorney general and deputy attorney general. The events catalyzed Nixon’s impeachment.

This incident is not the same thing as Nixon's actions leading to his impeachment. Nixon had broken the law, and was under investigation. Nixon then fired the AGs who wouldn't fire the special prosecutor who was investigating Nixon.

In this case,

“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is,” Yates wrote.

“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,” she added.

“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.”

Yates’s directive means that the US government, at least for now, has no authorized courtroom representation in the lawsuits.

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Oh my...

Trump Fires Obama AG That Wanted To Protect Illegal Immigrants:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWT1KOvkeIE&t=1s

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