US President Donald Trump has sacked the nation’s acting Attorney General after she pledged to defy his controversial immigration ban.
In a memo released Monday, Sally Q. Yates had said she was not convinced that Trump’s executive order to suspend the intake of refugees and to halt immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations was legal.
“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,” said Yates, who was appointed as Deputy Attorney General under Obama.
"At present, I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.
"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."
Hours later, the White House hit back, announcing that the veteran attorney had been relieved of her duties.