Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, fired on Monday night over her opposition to the executive order banning the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, seems to have just stuck by her promise.
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In a 2015 confirmation hearing for the role of deputy attorney general, Yates was asked by Sen. Jeff Sessions – President Donald Trump's designated attorney general – about saying "No" to the president in the case of executing unlawful requests.
"Senator, I believe that the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and to give their independent legal advice to the president."
Well, maybe the White House should have seen it coming.