Trump fires Justice Department's top official after she refuses to defend his travel ban | 30 Jan 2017 | President Trump fired Acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates Monday, just hours after she announced that the department would not defend his controversial executive order banning refugees and travelers from certain countries. Yates has "betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," the White House said in a statement. "It is time to get serious about protecting our country." The move came after Yates, who was the Acting Attorney General, sent a letter to Justice Department lawyers saying that she questioned the lawfulness of Trump's executive order.