Trump fires US attorney general after refusal to enforce immigration order

January 31, 2017 04:50

WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump on Monday fired acting US Attorney General Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to enforce Trump's immigration ban, the White House spokesman said on Twitter.

Trump has named Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to replace Yates, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a tweet. Yates, an Obama administration holdover, said she was not convinced Trump's executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations was lawful.

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