MONDAY NIGHT MASSACRE: White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has been named the new Acting Attorney General, after Sally Yates defied Trump’s Muslim ban (which is 0-5 in courts across the country).
Um, who knew the Saturday Night Massacre of 1973 during Richard Nixon’s presidency would take place on Monday night, 10 days into the Trump presidency? History is collapsing into a black hole in the Trump administration.
Trump accused Yates of “betraying” the administration as though her loyalty should be to the president and not the law. Um, so much for independence. I hope they won’t need a FISA warrant, since Boente can’t sign off on them yet. The train-wreck continues. The other Justice Department career employees should resign on principle.
"Sally Yates has betrayed the Department of Justice."
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 31, 2017
Sally Yates stood up to Donald Trump and publicly defied him. This was an act of courage. She has gone down in history as telling Trump no. Let’s see how this will play out in the Justice Department, since she is a career Justice official. I consider it a badge of honor for Ms. Yates to have been fired by this loudmouth bully. History will look back kindly on Ms. Yates for her courage.
It’s very ironic that during Sally Yates confirmation hearing Jeff Sessions asked her if she would defy the president if she thought he was telling her to do something against the law. Here’s the exchange:
— Staffer News (@staffernews) January 31, 2017
Boente was nominated by President Obama in 2015 and has spent 31 years at Department of Justice. So, yet another Obama appointee.
Here’s the reaction on Twitter:
The AG should pledge fidelity to the law & the Constitution not the WhiteHouse. The fact that this admin doesnt understand that is chilling.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 31, 2017
Sally Yates demonstrated the type of courage that will be required of all who work for @POTUS. I am incredibly grateful for her service.
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) January 31, 2017
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) January 31, 2017
I'm not sure of much in this world these days but I am sure that history will look kindly upon Sally Yates.
— Addisu Demissie (@ASDem) January 31, 2017
Georgia's two GOP senators called Sally Yates "exceptionally skilled" and "a talented prosecutor" in 2014 when she was picked by Obama pic.twitter.com/WZcI30hYR5
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) January 31, 2017
any democrat who does a single thing to aid the sessions nomination should be run out of the party. https://t.co/HN85fBL1kd
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 31, 2017
Also, the next U.S. atty in line of succession was not Boente, but Zach Fardon. Did Trump go forum shopping for one who would follow orders?
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) January 31, 2017
— Michael A. Nutter (@Michael_Nutter) January 31, 2017
Sally Yates was not a fringe Dem nominee to be Obama's deputy AG. Broad bipartisan support for her confirmation. pic.twitter.com/ejBs4pSvzF
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) January 31, 2017