Back in 2015, during her confirmation hearing, Sally Yates and the President’s current nominee for Attorney General — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) — had the following exchange:


Oh, the irony.

Skip ahead to 2017 when Acting Attorney General Yates was relieved of her duties by the President for exactly what Mr. Sessions was questioning her about: Refusing to enforce an Executive Order because she believed it to be illegal.

To Mr. Sessions, and the entire Republican Congress: This is not normal.

It takes a tremendous amount of chutzpah for Mr. Sessions to rake Ms. Yates over the coals during her confirmation hearing about the legality of executive over-each, and then to remain silent when she is fired for refusing to enforce an order that is — according to constitutional experts and the courts — a clear-cut case of executive over-reach.

And I thought Faustian bargains were merely the stuff of literature and legend.

They are not.

It’s Tuesday, the 7th of February. 2017.

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