Sally Q. Yates

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Sally Yates is a modern American hero. Acting Attorney General until a successor for Loretta Lynch was to be determined, Sally was dismissed after writing to the DOJ not to defend Donald Trump’s executive order on travel and immigration, in part because she believed it to be unlawful. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities of the Department of Justice, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful…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. For as long as I am the acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of th[is] executive order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so”. Since then, a bipartisan group of more than 60 former federal prosecutors (including 50 who served in Republican administrations) came out to support her decision (as well as former Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch). Because the internet is wonderful and because I’m not entirely convinced we’re not living in an episode of Black Mirror, here’s a glorious video of Jeff Sessions (you couldn’t write a better script) questioning Sally Yates about her obligation to follow the law and the constitution, even if that means saying no to the President of the United States. Sally Yates has proven that she is willing to back up her words with action, showing us all that integrity is doing what is right. #WCW

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