Sally Yates humiliated Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he tried to attack her position on President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.
Yates was fired as acting attorney general for refusing to defend Trump’s executive order banning travelers from some majority-Muslim nations, which she said violated the U.S. Constitution’s religious protections.
Cruz argued that the Office of Legal Counsel had issued a determination that the order was legal, but Yates said that finding ignored the First Amendment in favor of an obscure statute that had since been updated.
“In this particular instance, particularly where we were talking about a fundamental issue of religious freedom, not the interpretation of some arcane statute, but religion freedom, it was appropriate for us to look at the intent behind the president’s actions and the intent is laid out in his statements,” Yates said.
Cruz then tried to trip her up by suggesting her actions were extraordinary.
“In the over 200 years of the Department of Justice history, are you aware of any instance in which the Department of Justice has formally approved the legality of a policy and three days later the attorney general has directed the department not to follow that policy and to defy that policy?” Cruz said.
Yates delivered the final blow by accusing the Office of Legal Counsel of violating longstanding norms.
“I’m not, but I’m also not aware of a situation where the Office of Legal Counsel was advised not to tell the attorney general about it until after it was over,” Yates said.
Cruz then tried one final jab after thanking Yates for her testimony.
“I would not that that might be the case if there’s reason to suspect partisanship,” Cruz said, to audible groans.
‘An insult to all Afghans’: Kabul outraged after Trump floats plan to kill millions, wipe Afghanistan off face of the earth
The U.S. president said he has not acted on the plan because he doesn't "want to kill 10 million people"
Kabul reacted with outrage and demanded clarification Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he has military plans that could wipe Afghanistan "off the face of the Earth," killing millions of people.
The View’s Meghan McCain throws a fit when Beto O’Rourke says Trump is acting like a Nazi
Meghan McCain on Tuesday reacted angrily when Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said that President Donald Trump is acting like a Nazi during an appearance on ABC's "The View."
After O'Rourke talked about the need to stand up to Trump's extremism, McCain objected to some of the language he's used to describe the dangers of the movement that the president has been leading.
"You're talking about Trump supporters, comparing them to Nazis in Nuremberg," she said. "That sounds extreme to me as well."
"No, I'm not comparing everyone..." O'Rourke began.
"You compared his rally to Nuremberg!" McCain interrupted.
US financier Jeffrey Epstein appeals bail denial in sex-trafficking case
Jeffrey Epstein, the financier facing charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls, has appealed a federal judge’s decision to keep him in a Manhattan jail while he awaits trial.
According to a court notice made public on Tuesday, Epstein will ask the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the judge’s July 18 rejection of his request to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Epstein has pleaded not guilty and the appeal was expected. His lawyer Reid Weingarten did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined to comment.