ORIGINAL STORY: Acting attorney general says DOJ won't defend Trump order
The move came hours after Yates announcement.
"The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," a White House news release reads.
JUST IN: White House appoints Dana Boente as acting attorney general, says Sally Yates "has betrayed the Department of Justice" pic.twitter.com/EW3TM2tKcT— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 31, 2017
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Boente is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
He will be the acting attorney general as the Senate continues to debate confirming Jeff Sessions.
Late Monday, Boente reversed guidance from Yates, instructing DOJ lawyers to defend the Trump immigration order.
Meantime, lawmakers are responding to the sudden ouster of Sally Yates.
Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said Yates's record demonstrated she was someone the American people could trust, but was unceremoniously fired instead.
"As a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, I have worked closely with Deputy and Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, whom I know to be a person of honor, intellect, and integrity," Jackson Lee said.
"Instead of firing Ms. Yates for her fidelity to the Constitution, the President should have consulted her, in her capacity as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, prior to the issuance his unconstitutional and discriminatory executive order banning Muslims from predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States."