2017年1月30日 星期一

歐巴馬政府留下來的代理司法部長莎莉‧葉茲

歐巴馬政府留下來的代理司法部長莎莉‧葉茲,30日下令司法部律師不要為川普下達的禁令辯護,宣稱她懷疑總統這項行政命令合乎法律和道德;白宮在當晚隨即開除她,改以維吉尼亞東區檢察官波恩特(Dana Boente)接替代理,直至新任司法部長塞辛斯接任。
白宮是以葉茲背叛司法部,拒絕執行旨在保護美國人民的法律命令為由,宣布解除其職務。
葉茲觸怒白宮是因為在此之前曾發布備忘錄說:「我的職責是確保司法部的地位不僅在法律上站得住腳,而且在考慮所有事實後掌握我們對法律的最佳觀點。」
她說:「目前我不相信為這項行政命令辯論符合這些職責,也不相信這項行政命令合法。因此,只要我擔任代理司法部長,司法部就不會為這項行政命令提供辯護,除非我相信這樣做是適當的。」
葉茲的指示表示美國政府不會指派代表,為川普的命令引起的官司和其他法律抗詰辯護。不過,這大致是象徵性的動作,因為川普任命的司法部長塞辛斯可望很快通過參院認可,而葉茲的做法顯示她預期自己會被川普革職。

白宮聲明全文:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2017
Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General
The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.
Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.
It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.
Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.
“I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.

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