White House spokesman Sean Spicer announced late Monday night that Yates had been "relieved of her duties" and replaced by, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dana Boente.
During his statement Spicer claimed that Yates had been replaced because she “betrayed the Department of Justice”.
A quick historical note...
The last President to fire his Attorney General was Richard Nixon in an incident that came to be known as the "Saturday Night Massacre". It occurred during the Watergate crisis when Nixon ordered then-Attorney General Eliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who had issued a subpoena to President Nixon, asking for copies of taped conversations recorded in the Oval Office. Richardson refused to fire Cox and resigned in protest. Not long after, William Ruckelshaus took over as the new acting attorney general, and when he refused the same action, he wasn't given the option to resign. Instead, Nixon fired him.
It was not long after this Nixon resigned in disgrace. Let's hope that history, which has a habit of repeating itself, follows that same trajectory.