The acting head of the Department of Justice … acting Attorney Genera Sally Yates just became a democratic superhero. The nation’s place-holder as the top lawyer just flexed her muscles and said, I may not have this job long, but you folks must have forgotten I am a democrat. She directed DOJ lawyers not to defend the President’s Executive Order on travel bans. If she has not been fired yet, President Trump must not have heard about it.
Cross Sally Yates off your list as a Supreme Court Nominee in this administration. Add her to the list if the Democrats ever win again. Ms. Yates has fine credentials, and unlike internet lawyers, she probably full well knows the law. The President’s EO on the travel ban is, on its face, Constitutional. Her only basis for an objection at this point, is for political points. Consider those scored.
The debacle falls at the feet of team Trump. As we pointed out here, the roll-out and implementation of this order was a political disaster by a team in need of political, logistical, and managerial help. By failing to recognize that the Acting AG was a partisan Obama radical, the team again never considered the possibility for political mischief.
I don’t agree with Ms. Yates, but I agree she will get paid big-time for her actions. And, she didn’t even have to wear one of those tin-foil, pink vagina hats.
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Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.
Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.
At Mason, Dean Kelsey taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.
Rich has appeared on radio, TV, and in print hundreds of times as both a legal expert and political and legal commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. He writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. He returned to private practice in September of 2016, and he is working on a book/expose on legal education.
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