UPDATED: Jan. 30, 9:26 PM EST
A White House statement accused Yates of betraying the Department of Justice, the report says:
Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has been named new acting attorney general, the White House said.
The dramatic move came soon after CNN reported Yates told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.
The move set up a clash between the White House and Yates, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and was set to serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, is confirmed.
Obama Supports Protesters Against Trump’s Travel Ban
From USA Today:
Obama’s office released a statement Monday that, while not directly critical of President Trump, did applaud those protesting a travel ban on visitors from seven Muslim countries.
The statement from Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis: “President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day.”
[The statement continued,] “Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
Obama’s announcement marked the first time that the former president has criticized the current president, reports CNN.