Today President Trump is going to announce who he wants for the Supreme Court.
But he just fired Sally Yates who was the acting Attorney General!
“Sally Quillian Yates (born August 20, 1960) is an American lawyer. She served as a United States Attorney and later United States Deputy Attorney General, having been appointed to both positions by President Barack Obama. She served as Acting United States Attorney General from January 20, 2017 until her dismissal by President Donald Trump on January 30, 2017, following her order to the Justice Department not to defend Trump’s immigration-related executive order in court…”
The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice. The AG is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States.
We expect that person to follow the laws of the United States and protect all of us. The AG is also takes an oath:
"I (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
Yes the President of the United States can fire the AG.
But we expect the AG to follow the oath they have taken and do the right thing for all of us. We expect the AG to stand up for the Constitution and stand up to the President of the United States. Of course you would expect the President of the United States to ask the AG about a law or Executive Order before he issued one or signed one. You would expect the President to listen to the AG.
But we have a stupid President now. We have a man that has not read the Constitution of the United States and does not understand it.
Now the President of the United States has to get Congress to approve the new AG that he wants. I feel sorry for Sen. Jeff Sessions. He is the man that President Trump wants the Congress to confirm as AG.
Sen. Sessions is going to be asked, under oath, if the Executive Order from President Trump is legal. He is going to be asked if he was AG would he enforce it.
It is not only Sen. Sessions that is going to be in the hot seat but also the person that President Trump wants to put on the United States Supreme Court. We do not know yet who he will be but I feel sorry for him. I expect he will say that he can not discuss a pending case that might come before the high court. But he is still going to get asked about it.
Today the Senate Judicial Committee plans to vote on Sen. Sessions and then it would go to the full senate for a vote of confirmation. I think the Judicial Committee should NOT vote today. I think they should call Sen. Sessions back and ask him some questions.
If I was Sen. Sessions I would tell President Trump that I did not want the job of AG now. Just think about how it would feel to be approved and walk into the office of the AG now.
President Trump is not off to a good start.
The Democrats do not have the votes. It up to the Republicans in Congress and I do not see them doing anything to help.
The Republicans should send him a message. A strong message.