Sally Quillian Yates, Leftist Heroine

From The Wall Street Journal:

White House Fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates After She Defies Immigration Ban

Virginia U.S. attorney Dana Boente tapped to replace holdover Obama appointee

By Devlin Barrett and Damian Paletta | Updated Jan. 31, 2017 10:52 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—The White House on Monday fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for telling government lawyers not to defend an executive order signed by President Donald Trump suspending immigration from seven countries out of concerns that terrorists from those countries might enter the U.S.

Ms. Yates learned of her firing Monday evening, in a letter from the White House hand-delivered to her office, according to a person familiar with the matter.

In a statement, the White House said Ms. Yates “has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”

Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, will be acting attorney general until Mr. Trump’s attorney general nominee, Jeff Sessions, is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, which could happen next week.

Mr. Boente was sworn in at 9 p.m. Monday, according to White House officials, and just before midnight he issued new instructions: “I hereby rescind former acting attorney general Sally. Q Yates’ January 30, 2017 guidance and direct the men and women of the Department of Justice to do our sworn duty and to defend the lawful orders of our president.”

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates.

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates.

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Normally, when a subordinate employee believes that he is unable to carry out the directives of his boss, the employee resigns. Given that Mrs Yates was in a very temporary position anyway,1 there was absolutely no reason for her not to resign.

But Mrs Yates knew how to play the game. She is a very attractive woman, and she knows it. By taking an action which she knew would get her fired, Mrs Yates built up her leftist creds, and can be expected to get a lot of air time on the ‘credentialed media.’ With her brains, training and looks, MSNBC is probably already mulling for what they can hire her.

Make no mistake about it: Mrs Yates knew exactly what she was doing. A Democratic political appointee, she would have been out of a job in a week or so anyway. The President signed his executive order on Friday, and Mrs Yates had the weekend to think about it, before issuing her directive on Monday; this was no spur of the moment, unconsidered decision. She also knew that while resigning in protest would get her some publicity, getting herself fired would generate a lot more.

CNN, MSNBC, it could be almost anywhere (other than Fox, of course), but we’ll be seeing a lot more of Sally Quillian Yates, Leftist Heroine.

  1. Mrs Yates had been appointed as Deputy Attorney General by President Obama, and asked to stay on as acting Attorney General until President Trump’s Attorney General nominee, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AB) is confirmed; once Mr Sessions was confirmed, Mrs Yates would have been out of a job.