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Yates: Refusal to Defend Travel Ban Because it Was Based on Religion

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Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Tuesday said she refused to defend President Donald Trump's travel ban because the policy was based on religion and not on national security, the Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday.

"I came ultimately to the conclusion that our defending this travel ban would require me to send lawyers of the Justice Department to court to say this ban had nothing to do with religion — [that] it was all based on national security," Yates said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.

"And I did not believe that to be a defense that was grounded in truth and I couldn't send Department of Justice lawyers in to defend something based on a defense that I did not believe was grounded in truth."

Yates was fired by Trump on Jan. 30 for refusing to defend the ban in court.

The former attorney general also slammed the Trump administration for ignoring legal and political norms, insisting that the standard should not be so low that only a criminal act is worthy of criticism, The Hill reported.

"There are facts here that should be alarming to us as a country that falls short of facts that would establish a basis for impeachment or for prosecution," Yates said.

She also lashed out at criticism questioning the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Justice Department's investigation into Russian election meddling.

Yates said that everyone should have confidence in Mueller, because "he is just the consummate professional. He's going to call it like he sees it. He's going to do this the right way."

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Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Tuesday said she refused to defend President Donald Trump's travel ban because the policy was based on religion and not on national security, the Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday.
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