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Why people are calling the acting attorney general's firing the 'Monday Night Massacre'

Why people are calling the acting attorney general's firing the 'Monday Night Massacre'

On Monday evening, the White House released a statement saying acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates had been fired for instructing Justice Department lawyers not to defend President Trump's travel ban.

Yates has "betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," the White House said .

"Monday Night Massacre" was trending on Twitter within the hour.

In 1973, President Nixon ordered the firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox because he wouldn't obey Nixon's order to...

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