Why Trump Sacked Acting US Attorney General



President Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general, Sally Yates, after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban on some targeted countries.

Sally, who had been appointed under Barack Obama, earlier ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president's executive order.

Dana Boente, US attorney for Eastern District of Virginia, replaced her as acting Attorney General.

The new acting Attorney General has directed the department to enforce President Trump's order.

According to BBC, the White House said Ms Yates had "betrayed" the department.

Trump's order temporarily banned nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, and sparked street protests in the US and abroad.

In a letter, Ms Yates had said she was "not convinced" that the president's order was lawful.

"As long as I am the acting attorney general, the department of justice will not present arguments in defence of the Executive Order," she had said.