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AG should say no to president in order to obey the law

Yates started out as acting Deputy Attorney General under Eric Holder, in January, 2015. In November 2014, Obama had announced several executive orders that would have protected more than eight million undocumented immigrants. The Republican Congress revolted, claiming that the President's actions were illegal.

At the hearing to officially confirm her for the position, in March, 2015, Republicans, including Jeff Sessions, asked her whether she would stand up to President Obama if he defied the law. "They were all over me about 'Look, you've got to be independent. You don't work for the President,' " Yates said. "They're absolutely right. You've got to be able to say no to the President. You've got to make your own decisions about what's lawful and constitutional."

Source: Ryan Lizza in The New Yorker on 2015 Confirmation Hearings , May 29, 2017

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