Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Shades of Richard Nixon and the Saturday Night Massacre (*). Donald Trump now has his
“Monday Night Massacre” by firing Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates and Daniel Ragsdale the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Monday night.
Yates was fired because she instructed the Department of Justice not to defend v ae arising out of the Executive order banning Muslims from entry to the United States because she questioned the legality of the order.
“Mr. Trump said after she refused to defend his immigration executive order that Ms. Yates had “betrayed” the administration, (NY Times)...
No reason was given why Ragsdale was replaced.
Yates was replaced as Acting AG by “Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Boente who later Monday, formally rescinded Yates’s order and ordered Justice Department employees “to do our sworn duty and to defend the lawful orders of our President.” Had said he would enforce the president’s directive until he was replaced by Trump’s attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions”.
Sessions himself is having his Senate committee vote session this am. Despite his baggage he is expected to be confirmed although some Republican Senators are having sincere second thoughts.
In my lifetime and I am approaching 100, I had only considered Nixon to be the one real threat to our American civil liberties and our Constitution. Fortunately Congress did its duty and Nixon under the threat of impeachment was forced to resign.
We seem to be facing a similar crisis today where the President believes that he is above the Constitutional law and can act as he wishes.
He has elevated the Nazi admirer Stephen Kevin "Steve" Bannon his Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to United States to a “full seat on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council — while downgrading the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence, who will now attend only when the council is considering issues in their direct areas of responsibilities” (NY Times).
One of the principle authors of this apparently not well thought out infamous anti-Muslim order Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani stated Saturday that he was commissioned by Trump to prepare a “legal” order.
Giuliani is a known disciple of autocratic rule and a confident of Trump’