Remember the very lovely leftist hero, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates? Mrs Yates had been appointed as Deputy Attorney General by President Obama, and was asked to stay on as Acting Attorney General, by President Trump, until his Attorney General nominee, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III1 (R-AB), could be confirmed by the Senate.
Mrs Yates was discharged by President Trump when she instructed United States Attorneys not to defend President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven primarily Muslim countries, an order subsequently upheld by the Supreme Court. From The Wall Street Journal:
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.”
As always, there’s more at the original.
Now, thanks to the Nunes Memo, we have found out that Mrs Yates broke the law, by certifying an FISA warrant application based upon poorly sourced opposition research paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign. What we do not yet know is whether she was doing so deliberately, knowing that the so-called Steele Dossier was simply opposition research, or whether it was simple negligence, signing a FISA warrant application without paying any serious attention to it. In either case, Mrs Yates, who tried to build a reputation for strong adherence to the law, as she saw it with her defiance of President Trump’s executive order, has now seen that reputation dragged through the mud through her actions in signing the warrant application.
I am reminded of the woman once touted by Real Clear Politics as the Democrats’ new ‘It Girl,‘ then Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Mrs Kane, another beautiful brunette, eventually found herself convicted of felonies for political malfeasance, and was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail.2 Mrs Kane had run for Attorney General basing her campaign on allegations that then Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA) had, in his previous stint as Attorney General, acted too slowly in the Jerry Sandusky case, exposing other young boys to sexual assault as the state methodically built its case against the former Penn State defensive coach.3
I am somewhat amused by what I’ve been seeing amongst the Democrats. One of the Democrats‘ new ‘It Girls,‘ Mrs Harris got a big start on her political career by being the girlfriend of San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown; Mr Brown was then, and still is, married, though he and his wife live separate lives. The Democrats, who are so very much opposed to sexism, appear to thrive on finding more attractive women to be the new heroines around whom to rally, something very much needed because, as studies have shown, conservatives are generally better looking than liberals, and people tend to vote for more physically attractive candidates. When the Democrats find an attractive woman among their politicians, why of course they want to promote her; she’s got a leg up in getting votes.4
Yet it is the left, it is the Democrats, telling us that it’s just plain wrong to judge people, especially women, on their attractiveness, on their sexual appeal, even as Los Angeles Times opinion writer David Horsey, among others including Cher, or all people, criticized White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ appearance.5 Then, Salon writer Chauncey deVega decided to criticize White House Communications Director Hope Hicks because she is too pretty, and “enjoys privileges and other unearned advantages that are denied to nonwhite women.”6 Yet, when Miss Hicks wore a tuxedo at a state dinner in Japan, the media were full of articles about her appearance. It seems that the left, dogged opponents of sexism that they are, can get all gaga over Miss Hicks’ looks and fashion, and attack Mrs Sanders for hers.
Hypocrisy is on the menu whenever the Democrats dine!
President Trump is, of course, hardly kind to women he doesn’t find attractive, but he hasn’t been a hypocrite in this area: his preference for long-legged models in stiletto heels is well known. And conservatives in general — though many long-time conservatives doubt that Mr Trump is really one of them — have never been too terribly reticent to note physical appearance; they aren’t being hypocrites on this either. I am simply amused when I see the left promoting good-looking women, and then seeing them fall when the unpleasant truths about them rear their ugly heads. The promotion of Mrs Yates as a potential Democratic political candidate, based as much on her looks as anything else, is now falling flat, as her weaponizing of political opposition research, or her incompetence, has been exposed.
- I always use Attorney General Sessions’ full name in the first instance, because it is like the greatest Southern name evah! ↩
- Mrs Kane is appealing, and remains out on bail. Had she simply accepted her sentence, and gotten it over with, with good behavior she’d already have been out of prison. Sentenced in October of 2016, as of November of last year she was still free, on bail. ↩
- As Attorney General, Mrs Kane was unable to find any new victims of Mr Sandusky’s who were assaulted during the period between when the state first learned of the problems with him and when he was charged and arrested. However the state built its case against Mr Sandusky, it was very successful, with the former coach being convicted on 45 out of 48 counts and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison, which is effectively a life sentence, given that he was 68 years old when he was sentenced. ↩
- There were about a million photos of Hillary Clinton being circulated during the campaign which showed her at her least attractive. That wasn’t hard to do because, let’s face it, Mrs Clinton isn’t very physically attractive. Donald Trump isn’t that great looking, but he is better looking for a man than Mrs Clinton is for a woman, even though they are very close in age. ↩
- The link is to The Washington Post’s story about the column, since, as the Post noted, the original offending column has been replaced by Mr Horsey’s apology “for a description that was insensitive and failed to meet the standards of our newspaper” ↩
- Eleanor Clift, of all people, wrote a very flattering article about Miss Hicks for Town and Country magazine, an article which briefly mentioned her looks, but was long on her hard-working nature and dogged determination. ↩