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Debating Sally Yates’ decision and Jeff Sessions’ expected confirmation




Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates speaks during a press conference to announce environmental and consumer relief in the Volkswagen litigation at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.
Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates speaks during a press conference to announce environmental and consumer relief in the Volkswagen litigation at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.
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This morning, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes for cabinet nominees Steve Mnuchin and Tom Price.

Mnuchin is the President's pick to head the Treasury Department. Price was nominated to run Health and Human Services. Without any Democrats, Republicans were procedurally blocked from voting. Democrats say they want more information on both nominees. The move follows last night's firing of the acting Attorney General by President Trump.

Sally Yates announced earlier in the evening that she would not allow the Justice Department to legally defend the President's order for a temporary ban on people from seven Muslim-dominant countries. President Trump appointed Dana Boente the new acting AG. Yates' order was immediately rescinded. With Senator Jeff Sessions poised for confirmation as new AG, Boente may not be in the job for long.

Read Sally Yates' full statement on President Trump's executive order below:

 

Guests:

Steve Shepard, chief polling analyst for POLITICO; he tweets @POLITICO_Steve

Michele Jawando, vice president of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress; she is former senior Senate staffer for Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

John Eastman, Henry Salvatori professor of law and founding director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at Chapman University