The assistant to the fired acting Attorney General Sally Q Yates has been hired by British-based Big Law firm Linklaters in their Washington DC office.
Ms Yates was fired by the President after refusing to enforce his executive orders in the so-called “Muslim ban”. Her deputy is Matthew S Axelrod, who has taken a job in Linklater’s white collar defense practice focused on money laundering, fraud and other white collar crime areas that the firm is focusing upon.
The NY Times reported his views on the Trump travel ban –
“It was always anticipated that we would stay only a short period,” Mr. Axelrod said in an interview. “For the first week, we managed, but the ban was a surprise. As soon as the travel ban was announced, there were people being detained, and the department was being asked to defend the ban.”
“It quickly became impossible.”
The firing of Ms Yates drew comparisons to President Richard M. Nixon’s firing of his attorney general and deputy attorney general over their refusal to dismiss the special prosecutor in the Watergate case.
He had previously been with the Department of Justice but had left to join Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC before being hired by Ms Yates.
Ms Yates praised Axelrod’s abilities, saying “He had the most demanding job in all of D.O.J., including managing many of the department’s most vexing and sensitive matters,” she said in an email. “I could always count on Matt’s wise counsel, spot-on judgment and commitment to the principles that define D.O.J. His law firm and future clients will be incredibly lucky to be beneficiaries of his unique talents.”