Is there a bigger weasel in the United States Senate than Ted Cruz?
Weasel: Are you familiar with 8 U.S.C. Section 1182?
Yates: Not off the top of my head, no.
Weasel: Well, it is the binding statutory authority for the executive order that you refused to implement and that led to your termination so it certainly is a relevant and not terribly obscure statute.
Would you agree that that is broad statutory authorization?
Yates: I would, and I am familiar with that and I’m also familiar with an additional provision of the INA that says, ‘No person shall receive preference or be discriminated against in issuance of a VISA because of race, nationality or place of birth’,
That, I believe, was promulgated after the statute that you just quoted. And that’s been part of the discussion with the court with respect to the INA, is whether this more specific statute trumps the first one that you just described.