The Future of the First Amendment
March 31, 2017
“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” acting Attorney General Sally Yates wrote in a memo to Justice Department lawyers about President Trump’s executive order regarding the travel ban. “I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”
Promptly after Sally Yates issued this statement, she was fired.