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Ted Cruz Takes Lumps From Sally Yates

May 9, 2017

This made me smile.  A real deep down sincere smile.

Senator Ted Cruz likes to think of himself as an eloquent debater.  He likes others to admire his legal mind covered by a greasy shell of matted hair.  But yesterday Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates bested him in the newsworthy hearing–not once–but twice.

First, Cruz cited a law that was intended to show that Trump had the right to execute his first travel ban (the one with which Yates disagreed and that eventually led to her public firing). Yates then cited a more recent law, which she said specifically did not allow Trump to issue that executive order.

Second, Cruz asked, “In the over 200 years of the Department of Justice history, are you aware of any instance in which the Department of Justice has formally approved the legality of a policy and three days later the attorney general has directed the department not to follow that policy and to defy that policy?” Cruz said.

Yates responded, “I’m not, but I’m also not aware of a situation where the Office of Legal Counsel was advised not to tell the attorney general about it until after it was over.”


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