Track-Trump January 31, 2017 (1 Viewer)


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Late last night the President relieved Acting Attorney General Sally Yates of her duties, citing her letter instructing the Department of Justice not to defend President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The President appointed Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in her place.

Confirmation hearings and votes on the President’s cabinet nominees continued throughout the day. Nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao was confirmed by the Senate, while the nominations of Rep. Ryan Zinke for Interior Secretary, former Texas governor Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy, and Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Edcuation were sent to the Senate floor for a vote on confirmation in the coming days. In other committees however, nominees faced a challenge, with Democrats boycotting hearings on nominees Steve Mnuchin (Treasury) and Rep. Tom Price (Health and Human Services) and delaying a vote to send the nomination of Jeff Sessions to the Senate floor for confirmation.

Finally, in a ceremony in the East Room this evening, President Trump announced his nomination of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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