This article first appeared in The Voice.
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates discussed the Trump administration’s effects on democratic institutions on April 4. The event was sponsored by The New York Times and the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service.
Yates, who served as deputy attorney general in the Obama administration, stayed on as acting attorney general as a member of the Trump transition team to help the team smoothly transition between administrations.
“Continuity is important in any agency,” she said. “But [in]the DOJ, with its law enforcement mission and national security responsibilities, it’s particularly important.”
Yet Yates made headlines just 10 days into her tenure as acting attorney general when she was fired for refusing to enforce Trump’s travel ban. The executive order banned entry of citizens from several predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days as unprepared government agencies scrambled to understand how the ban was supposed to be implemented.
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