The acting U.S. attorney general, Sally Yates, said she will not defend President Trump‘s executive order regarding immigration because she is not convinced it is “lawful,” according to a letter.
“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,” Yates wrote.
“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.”
Trump’s order, which affects immigration from seven countries that have predominantly Muslim populations, temporarily bans certain travelers and places indefinite restrictions on Syrian refugees.
The order sparked protests at airports as well as legal action. A federal judge stayed part…