Watch Sally Yates hand Ted Cruz his ass

I like how he specifies “partisan litigants” would challenge the order with regard to its Constitutionality.

I’m sure the GOP would never bring something before the Supreme Court purely as a matter of party politics.


Wait. What if its your ONLY retirement plan? asking for a friend.


Hi Rick :smiley:

Welcome to the BoingBoing BBS!

You wouldn’t be the first to recognize that headlines sometimes get out of hand and “click-baity” Our community will be stronger for having another member who will call that out when they see it.

I do agree with you that we saw the exchange of two competent lawyers “trading barbs”

While it may be sensational to declare that Yates handed Cruz his ass, what I saw was that she apparently anticipated every one of his questions (which were designed to embarrass her) and had a very good, un-evasive, fact and history based response.

As to your assertion that the left doesn’t need an “opposite” to Fox News, I fully and completely agree. But I don’t think Huffington Post has quite fallen to that level yet.


Again, welcome to BBS, I hope we look forward to many more of your posts :slight_smile:

Edit to add: Here is a link to an excellent, thoughtful article that addresses the issue of Fox News not needing to be “answered” by an oppositely slanted outlet on the left.

One last edit: props out to @8080256256 for showing me the light with that excellent blog.


Oh. Your fffrrrriiieennnnnd. I see. Well. Tell your fffrrrriiieennnnnd that if he lived in the UK, that kind of plan would not be considered strange.


Where was the second one? Sitting behind the vampire?


Naturally BizzaroBart World is projecting it differently:

Ted Cruz Cleaned Sally Yates’s Clock. Here’s Why.
On Monday, in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) exposed former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates’s ignorance of the law, and the partisan nature of her decision to refuse to enforce President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending travel from several terror-prone countries.


I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Yates owns a magic lasso and an invisible plane.


There’s a bit more to it: he advocated for something that really is wrong. Yates seems awesome, not leastly because of her good performance here, but this isn’t simply a case of intellects and talents… Cruz’s chosen position in this debate sucks ass.


It’s the oldest trick in the book. If you can’t discredit the evidence then you discredit the witness.


I’m not, but I’m also not aware of a situation where the OLC was advised not to tell the Attorney General until after it was over.

Ooh, I got tingles.

Seriously, though. The courts are thrashing these EOs left and right for the simple reason that the legality of the EOs, if there is any to be found, is demolished by the clear intention of the author to undermine the constitution, and (in this case) every other legal institution in arm’s reach.


And Cruz’s final withering comeback: “well maybe that’s because they thought you were gonna do something partisan OH BURN BYE NOW…”


Remember when?


I’m almost sorry for Cruz. Of all the boots to lick Cruz chose the ones worn by a guy who publicly insulted his wife’s appearance, taunted him with a grade school-level nickname (“lyin’ Ted”) and insinuated that his father was involved in the Kennedy assassination.

Grow a fucking spine, man.


And that’s after he stood against him for like an afternoon.


Sally Yates is from Georgia, a state getting purpler. I wonder if she’d consider a run for congress?


Cruz and Cornyn needed a trigger warning, Yates gave them Ann Richards flashbacks.

1 Like

You must remember that Sally Yates got to her position through her intelligence, her moral character and her hard work. Cruz got to his by selling hate to a bunch of bigots.


god nobody here commenting gets it. Nor do you realize what she really said in her rebuttal. She knew she conducting a firing offense. Everyone in there did. She even knows it. Anything she’s saying at this point is to tribute to her future political ambitions. Aka nothing she said disputes her offense. Did every single one of you miss that? Handing Ted Cruz his ass? I’m pretty sure he accomplished pointing out that she refused to enforce policy that she did not have the power to do. Her response in appealing to future liberals was her goal there. Jesus you people need to listen better.

She knew upholding her oath of office was more important than keeping her job.

She refused to enforce a policy she believed to be unconstitutional. The courts have vindicated that view. You do realize “I was only following orders” isn’t a legal or moral justification in these circumstances, right?

Also, welcome to Boing Boing!


(Excerpt from Yates’ 2015 confirmation hearings)

Senator Jeff Sessions: Do you think the attorney general has a responsibility to say no to the president if he asks for something that’s improper?

Sally Yates: Senator, I believe that the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and to give their independent legal advice to the president.