Sally Yates, the standing Attorney General until a Trump appointee could be confirmed, was fired on Monday after telling the Department of Justice not to defend Trump's executive order aimed at Muslims and refugees that sparked nationwide protests. Her reason being that she did not believe that the executive order was legal.
As soon as her statement was released, speculation began on how long she had left, though her firing wouldn't be without complications for the current administration.
If Trump White House is of a mind to fire/remove Acting AG Sally Yates, there may temp be noone at DOJ who can sign FISA warrants - big gap!— Carrie Johnson (@johnson_carrie) January 31, 2017
Many voiced their admiration for Yates for stepping into the line of fire.
This attorney general challenge re: the ban is basically the legal equivalent of a Mario Kart banana peel. Helps buy time.— Zoe Camp (@jzcamp) January 31, 2017
Predictably, she was fired, and her replacement was announced by Press Secretary Spicer.
And while many Trump supporters were pleased to see her go, Yates also had many defenders.
The statement from the White House was... less than eloquent.
Others could see a clear comparison.
Sally Yates fired. The last President to fire an Attorney General for political reasons was Nixon.— Danny Cohen (@DannyCohen) January 31, 2017
Counting seconds till critics compare Trump firing Acting AG to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. But Sally Yates worked for Obama— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) January 31, 2017
Trump has switched lawyers who wouldn't argue a shit case before. The fact that it's an acting Attorney General doesn't mean he'll win.— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) January 31, 2017
It was one hell of a way to go out.
Sally Yates is one of the few people in govt actually DOING the right thing. Congress should follow her lead and vote NO on Sessions.— Amy Odell (@amyodell) January 31, 2017