President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night, after Yates ordered Justice Department lawyers Monday not to defend his immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world.
In a press release, the White House said Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”
This is classic Trump, in that it’s both bullying and counterproductive. As Paul said below, there was little substantive significance to Yates’s action — the Neoconfederates will be in charge of the DOJ within a week. Yates’s action was symbolic, and Trump just amplified it.