US: Trump ousts attorney general for defying Muslim ban
Jan.31, NY: US President Donald Trump has fired the country's acting attorney general after she refused to enforce his sweeping immigration ban on citizens from seven Muslim majority countries.
Attorney General Sally Yates earlier on Monday ordered Justice Department lawyers to stop defending Trump's executive orders, resulting in her ouster on Monday evening.
"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 press secretary's office said in a statement.
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Yates, an Obama appointee, had agreed to serve in an acting capacity until Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick, is confirmed by the Senate.
The Yates decision came as Trump pressed into his second week in office defending his sweeping immigration ban.
Trump's order temporarily suspends the US refugee programme and bars all immigration for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days.
Reaction to the order was swift, with protests erupting at major airports and other major cities including the capital Washington DC.
Trump denied that his order was to blame for weekend chaos at the nation's airports, instead pointing to computer glitches, demonstrations and even the "fake tears" of a senior opposition senator, Democrat Charles Schumer.
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