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DNC blasts 'tyrannical' Trump for firing acting AG Yates

DNC blasts 'tyrannical' Trump for firing acting AG Yates
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) released a statement late Monday responding to ”tyrannical” President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE’s decision to fire acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

Yates was fired shortly after she announced that the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration under her watch.

"Donald Trump can try to silence heroic patriots like Sally Yates who dare to speak truth to power about his illegal anti-Muslim ban that emboldens terrorists around the globe. But he cannot silence the growing voices of an American people now wide awake to his tyrannical presidency,” the DNC statement read.

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"Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties," the White House said in a statement Monday announcing the move.

Yates, an Obama administration appointee, was a veteran of the Justice Department.

Former President Obama nominated Yates to become deputy attorney general in December 2014, while she was serving as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

Trump selected Dana Boente, a U.S. attorney from Virginia, to replace Yates until his attorney general pick, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors Biden fills immigration court with Trump hires Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE (R-Ala.), is confirmed.