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US: New acting Attorney General Dana Boente sworn in

US: New acting Attorney General Dana Boente sworn in
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Dana Boente has been sworn in as acting attorney general after Donald Trump fired Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his travel ban.White House...

Dana Boente has been sworn in as acting attorney general after Donald Trump fired Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his travel ban.White House spokesman Michael Short says Boente was sworn in around 9 p.m. Monday.

The hastily arranged ceremony came after Trump swiftly fired Boente's predecessor for instructing Justice Department lawyers to stop defending Trump's travel and refugee ban.

Reporters and news photographers were not invited to witness the ceremony.

The White House says in a statement that Yates had "betrayed the Department of Justice" by refusing to enforce Trump's order.

Boente has been serving as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He's expected to serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for the position, is confirmed by the Senate.

Trump had fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she announced she would not defend his controversial immigration order.

He later named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve in her place.

The White House press office said in a statement Monday that Yates "has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States."

The statement called Yates an Obama administration appointee "who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration."

Trump's order from Friday temporarily suspended the US refugee program and bars immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.

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