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Rep. Gohmert: Acting AG Yates Was a ‘Political Hack, And Hacks Have to Be Jacked’

By Michael W. Chapman | January 31, 2017 | 3:03pm EST

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). (AP) 

In reference to the Jan. 30 firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates -- an Obama holdover who refused to enforce President Trump's executive order on vetting for potential terrorists -- House Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said "she violated her oath" of office and "showed herself to be a political hack, and hacks have to be jacked, and she was jacked, and she's gone."

On the Feb. 1 edition of Fox & Friends, Gohmert was asked about the removal of Yates. He said, “A good book once said, it still says, you can’t serve two masters and apparently we had an acting attorney general that was still serving the Obama administration."

"And, by the way," he said,  "if she really cared about the Constitution, why didn’t she say something about those seven [terrorist-laden] countries when that was put into a section of the INA [Immigration and Nationality Act] – it was – during the Obama years?"

"If you look at the executive order – I’ve got it right here – you won’t see those countries mentioned because it was the Obama administration that named those countries that we had to be concerned about," said Rep. Gohmert, a former judge for Texas's 7th Judicial District and former chief justice for Texas's 12th Court of Appeals. 

Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt then asked, “When this news broke last night, what went through your head and why do you think Sally Yates had to go?"

Gohmert said, “Well, because she violated her oath and she needed to go. She obviously had a political agenda because if she cared about the Constitution and if she thought there was some problem in naming these seven countries, she should have brought that up before Obama left office."

"But politically she showed herself to be a political hack, and hacks have to be jacked, and she’s been jacked and she’s gone," said Gohmert. 

In its statement on Yates's removal and the appointment of new Acting Attorney General Dana Boente, the White House said, "The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

"Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.

"It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.

"Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons."

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