Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On the Firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

“Federal courts have already found President Trump’s immigration order is very likely unconstitutional, and Acting Attorney General Yates concluded that it was not legally defensible.  She was fired for recognizing that her oath is to the Constitution and not to President Trump.  His accusation that she has ‘betrayed the Department of Justice’ is wrong and it is dangerous. 

“President Trump has now put his Cabinet on notice:  If you adhere to your oath of office to defend the Constitution, you risk your job.  Equally troubling is that his nominee for Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, has shown no indication that he has the independence to put the Constitution before the President.  The Senate at its best can be the conscience of the nation.  Senators must oppose Senator Sessions.”  

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