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Justice Department Defies Trump, Will Not Defend Executive Order On Travel Ban

Sally Yates, the acting Attorney General just ordered Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees because the substance of the order is unlawful, CNN reported.

Yates, an Obama appointee who is serving until Trump attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions is confirmed, does not believe the order is lawful, according to the sources familiar with the order.

“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts,” she said in a letter. “In addition, 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.”

“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,” she wrote.

The move sets up a dramatic clash between the White House and the Justice Department.

According to the report, her order is enforced until she leaves office.

Currently, there are cases filed in at least five states including Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Washington and California that are challenging Trump’s order.

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