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Trump fires acting Attorney General after she refuses to defend immigration ban

Published:Monday | January 30, 2017 | 1:56 PM
Sally Yates ... has been fired by president Donald Trump

US president Donald Trump has fired the acting attorney general and Democratic appointee, Sally Yates, after she refused to defend his controversial refugee and immigration ban, in court.

According to Trump, Yates has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.

Federal prosecutor Dana Boente has been named as the new acting attorney general.

There has been intense rejection of Trump's executive order, which suspends the American refugee program and bans all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days.

Yates, was among those with concern about the ban.

She wrote a memo to her staff in the Department of Justice telling them.

"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 continued: "I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful."