Members of the Obama administration continue to try and make life difficult for Donald Trump.
Barack Obama destroyed historical norms by criticizing Trump’s executive orders to implement extreme vetting for foreigners from terrorist hotspots.
Now ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch has weighed in with outrageous comments many believe will encourage further sabotage of Donald Trump.
Obama appointee Sally Yates was acting as Attorney General since the Democrats were delaying a confirmation vote for Trump’s nominee to head the Justice Department.
In her capacity, she announced she was instructing the DOJ not to defend Trump’s executive orders from court challenges.
Her statement never argued that the orders were unlawful.
But she felt they were “unwise”.
Trump promptly fired Yates.
Loretta Lynch responded and praised Yates’ move.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch praised now-fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for her “unshakable integrity” in refusing to defend President Donald Trump’s executive order putting a pause on travel from terror-ridden countries.
In a statement reported by ABC News, Lynch said Tuesday that Yates’ decision not to defend Trump’s executive order was a sign of “courageous leadership.”
“With her decision not to defend the executive order regarding immigration, Sally Yates displayed the fierce intellect, unshakable integrity and deep commitment to the rule of law that have characterized her 27 years of distinguished service to the Department of Justice under both Democratic and Republican administrations,” Lynch said.
“Her courageous leadership embodies the highest traditions of the Department of Justice, whose first duty is always to the American people, and to the Constitution that protects our rights and safeguards our liberties,” she added.”
Yates was creating a crisis.
As an appointee from a previous administration, she was countermanding an order – that was not deemed to be illegal – by the duly elected President from the opposite party.
Some critics accused her of staging a coup.
And by praising her decision, Lynch gave air cover for other Obama bureaucrats and appointees to wage war against the Trump administration.
It’s a dangerous situation when a prominent figure from the Obama administration is encouraging a mutiny against Trump.
Some Democrats were outraged when Trump fired Yates.
But as a political appointee, she serves at the pleasure of the President.
And she was fired for refusing to carry out an order that was lawful.
Obama bureaucrats could paralyze the federal government by refusing to carry out Trump’s policies because they disagree with them.
Because bureaucrats are afforded civil service protections, it’s much more difficult to fire them than it is political appointees like Yates.
Critics argue Lynch is encouraging a constitutional crisis by praising Yates for refusing to perform her duties because of a partisan disagreement.