For John, BLUF: The Newspaper of Record is in trouble in a number of ways. Nothing to see here; just move along.
"Say it ain't so, Joe". Well, it is at the "Cathedral". This tidbit is from Mr Tom Maguire, on the Blog Just One Minute.
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover, thrills her future employers by refusing to put the weight of the DoJ behind Trump's travel ban. Even the Times admits this gesture is somewhat symbolic since she is on her way out and Jeff Sessions is on his way in, but they include this odd detail:And then MR Maguire looks at the FISA verbiage.Mr. Trump has the authority to fire Ms. Yates,♠ but as the top Senate-confirmed official at the Justice Department, she is the only one authorized to sign foreign surveillance warrants, an essential function at the department.Say what? I am not an authority on departmental succession but I have seen the trailers for "Designated Survivor" and I can't believe there is no Plan B if, God forbid, Ms. Yates is hit by a car or taken ill in the next few days.
Yes, fake news. At least this one didn't involve Reporter Maggie Haberman.
A final question. If she (Acting A/G Yates) was acting on principle, shouldn't she have resigned in protest, rather than making the President ask for her resignation? Is this more political theater than actual principled action? Was Ms Yates just "virtual signaling to the Progressive side, rather than doing her job as Attorney General?
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ By the way, he did. I wonder if it would have been a better choice to ask Ms Loretta Lynch to stay on until Senator Sessions was Confirmed by the Senate?