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Wasserman Schultz says acting attorney general was just doing job



WASHINGTON - Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, fired last night by President Trump, was doing exactly what she said she would do, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said this morning on Fox Business Network.

“Her answer to Jeff Sessions was that she would make sure that the Department of Justice followed the law," Wasserman Schultz said, referring to Yates’ 2015 confirmation hearing.

“And frankly, because President Trump did absolutely nothing to consult the Department of Justice, his Secretary of Homeland Security, any members of Congress, the leadership of Congress, since they basically slapped this policy together in which they were barring immigrants and refugees for a period of time from countries, by the way, none of which had the 9/11 attackers come from.”

In the hearing Sen. Sessions, Trump's AG pick, questioned Yates about standing up to the president. "If the views the president wants to execute are unlawful, should the attorney general or the deputy attorney general say no?”

Replied Yates, "senator, I believe the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the president.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:43am]


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