Donald Trump firing Attorney General

Juan Medrano

   Since Donald Trump stepped in office, it has been nothing but business for him, starting with signing an executive order to begin building the wall between Mexico and the United States. He has also kept his word on his immigration policies by signing an executive order banning people from different countries from coming into the United States. On Jan 27, Trump signed an order of suspension for 90 days upon the entry from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia, initially limiting refugees from coming  into the United States. This caused the attorney general to go against Trump’s immigration reform, and ultimately led President Trump to fire her, a move most political experts say is unprecedented  

   The attorney general is the head of the United States Justice Department who works with legal affairs. The attorney general is considered the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States. Sally Yates was appointed by former President Barack Obama as the attorney general May 13, 2015. Yates was fired Monday, Jan. 30, after she ordered the Justice Department not to defend President Trump’s immigration order temporarily banning seven countries. According to an article from The Washington Post,her discontent prompted her to write a letter reasoning why she didn’t approved of his decision. In the letter, Yates wrote, “Consequently, for as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.” Since her statement, many have commented on the validity of Yates’s letter. “ It is logical that an Obama appointment would be against the actions of the current President Trump,” said Mr. Doug Barnshaw, a government teacher at Round Lake High School. “That is why the president has the power to appoint his own people to lead the major government agencies.”

   Sally Yates the former attorney general was going to be in office until the new attorney general was confirmed by the senate. Her decision in not agreeing with the president’s idea caused her to leave earlier than expected.  Just like any other citizen, Sally Yates has the right to disagree with any decision from the president. Mr.John McCown a Round Lake High School history teacher said “She had the right to, but she knew she was going to be replaced shortly regardless”.

   Whether it was wrong on her decision to order the Justice Department attorneys to refuse Trump’s immigration order or right on her part to defend the executive order, her decision made her leave office. Since then on Feb 8, 2017 Trump named Jeff Sessions as the new Attorney General. Trump firing the Attorney General is just the beginning of his presidency as the president of the United States.