Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, whom Trump fired last year after she refused to defend his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, blasted President Trump for taking his “assault on the rule of law to a new level” by demanding a Justice Department investigation into whether the FBI “planted” a “spy” in his 2016 presidential campaign for “inappropriate purposes.”
“This has really taken the assault on the rule of law to a new level,” Yates said during an appearance on CNN’s “The Axe Files” that’s scheduled to air Saturday.
“Really from the beginning of his presidency, President Trump has not observed the time-honored norm that’s been in place at least since Watergate that there should be a real division between the Department of Justice and the White House,” Yates continued.
Yates called Trump’s demands “truly unprecedented,” adding that the move is a step “beyond a dangerous point because it’s not just directing a criminal investigation or to stop one but anyone, it directly relates to his campaign.”
“I was with DOJ for 27 years, and I can tell you that the men and women of the Department of Justice take the responsibility very seriously,” Yates said. “Investigations there are done based on the facts and the law and not based on politics. And I’m confident that that will be the result of this investigation as well.”
The Hill added:
Yates has spoken out against the president’s attacks on the Justice Department in the past.
Earlier this month, Yates said Trump was “tearing down the legitimacy” of the agency, warning that his attacks on top officials like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller are “not normal,” but are becoming normalized.