Bernabei & Kabat partner, Lynne Bernabei, was recently interviewed on Federal News Radio regarding her opinion on the President Donald Trump’s recent decision to dismiss Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

Former-Attorney General Yates publicly refused to defend an executive order which places severe restriction on travel and immigration into the United States.  The executive order, signed by President Trump on January 27, 2017, temporarily bans travel of foreign nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries and suspends the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days.

Ms. Bernabei explains that executive branch officials have the right to refuse to defend laws they believe to be unconstitutional or otherwise illegal.

She also discusses the State Department’s employee opposition to the above executive order, and the challenges that those employees may face for having raised their concerns.

To listen to Lynne Bernabei’s full interview with Federal News Radio, click here.

The National Law Journal recently published an opinion piece by Kristen Sinisi and Alan Kabat, “What’s Next for Whistleblowers”  They discussed whether the new administration – which wants to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act – will also do away with its whistleblower provisions, and conclude that there is strong bipartisan support that should preserve those protections.  However, the new administration may end up watering down its protections, which would be counterproductive in addressing corruption.