Far from being a martyr, Yates comes off as a smug Washington insider who put partisan politics ahead of national security.
Trump rightly cracked down on immigration and travel from Iran and six war-torn countries until Homeland Security can find a way to properly vet visas from these nations.
He issued marching orders to his agencies telling them to do so.
The Left was prepared for this move. Protesters were organized to strike on a minute's notice. ACLU lawyers were ready to drop a sue-and-settle suit. Democrats delayed Jeff Sessions's nomination. This was a perfect moment for Yates.
And she blew it.
From Jonathan H. Adler of the Washington Post:
A few quick observations. First, the statement seems to indicate that the executive order was reviewed by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which apparently concluded that the executive order was lawful. Second, Yates does not claim that she cannot defend the executive order because it is unconstitutional or because the Justice Department would be unable to offer good-faith arguments in defense of its legality. To the contrary, Yates claims she is ordering the Justice Department not to defend the executive order because it is not “wise or just.” This is quite significant. I am not aware of any instance in which the Justice Department has refused to defend a presumptively lawful executive action on this basis.Not her call. She was not elected president.
Many supporters think President Trump is playing 7th dimensional chess underwater in outer space with these guys.
I think he is just playing Tic Tac Toe.
And giving them the first move.
They are that dumb.
But they may be catching on. From Mike Allen: "Watch closely the specific, substantive moves of the Trump White House. Try to block out the white noise of outlandish statements and unforced errors, and the hyperventilating they provoke. This is more a bulldozer than a runaway train."
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