Vermont US attorney quotes Sally Yates in resignation letter

Vermont US attorney quotes Sally Yates in resignation letter
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Vermont's top federal prosecutor on Friday announced his resignation, quoting the acting U.S. attorney general that President Trump fired in his notice.

U.S. attorney Eric Miller's resignation statement made reference to Sally Yates, whom Trump fired earlier this week after she refused to have the Department of Justice (DOJ) defend his temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations in court.

Miller's statement read in part:

"Whenever I think about the core mission of this place, I always return to a formulation I first heard from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates: Although much or our most important work involves prosecuting people who break the law, we are not just the Department of Prosecutions, or even the Department of Public Safety. We are the Department of Justice. And I know the men and women of this office will continue to work every day to deliver on the promise of justice for all Vermonters."

Miller was appointed to his position by former President Obama in June 2016 and unanimously confirmed.

Yates stunned observers Monday by ordering the DOJ not to defend Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration and refugees in court, days after the president issued it.


The White House condemned Yates’s move later that evening, arguing she had “betrayed” the U.S. government.

“Mrs. Yates is an Obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and immigration,” it said in a statement. "It is time to get serious about protecting our country.”

Trump selected Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to replace Yates until his attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump labels Schiff ‘little Adam Schitt’ Top House Oversight Dem says he will do ‘anything and everything’ to make Mueller’s findings public Watchdog group demands release of Whitaker's financial disclosures MORE (R-Ala.), is confirmed by a full Senate vote.

Trump's executive order imposed a 90-day ban on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen.

The measure also froze general refugee admissions into the U.S. for 120 days, adding an indefinite pause on Syrian refugees.

Democrats and human rights groups have hammered Trump’s decision, arguing it is unconstitutional and biased against Muslims.

Trump has rejected such assertions, countering by saying his move is crucial for guarding the nation against radical Islamic terrorism.