Contrary to the liberal media bias and narratives, acting Attorney General Sally Yates did not cite any legal basis of why she could not defend President Donald Trump (her new boss) and his refugee vetting executive order. As an acting Attorney General, one would think she would cite some legal precedent or evidence to not enforce the executive order. According to one law professor, Yates did not comment on the legal basis of her objections about the executive order:
But the reasons that Yates then gives for deciding not to defend the EO in court are labored and, to me, unconvincing. Most importantly, Yates does not say that she has concluded that the EO is unlawful. Nor does she say that defending the EO in court would be unreasonable.