Acting US attorney general says won't defend Trump's immigration order

January 31, 2017 02:00

WASHINGTON - Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates has told Justice Department lawyers not to defend President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, CNN reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources.

Yates was named deputy attorney general by then-President Barack Obama in 2015 and asked to stay on as acting head of the Justice Department by Trump.

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