[1/31/17]  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch praised her interim successor Sally Yates’ decision to openly question the legality of President Trump’s refugee and immigration ban and refusal to defend it in court.

On Monday night, Trump fired Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, from her post as acting U.S. attorney general mere hours after she publicly denounced his executive order barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days.

ABC News was among the first outlets to obtain a copy of Lynch’s statement.

“With her decision not to defend the executive order regarding immigration, Sally Yates displayed the fierce intellect, unshakeable integrity and deep commitment to the rule of law that have characterized her 27 years of distinguished service to the Department of Justice under both Democratic and Republican administrations,” Lynch said.

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