Sally Yates: Trump Has Taken "Shocking" Assault On Rule Of Law "To A New Level"

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates defiantly proclaimed that President Trump has taken his "assault on the rule of law to a new level" after he demanded that the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate allegations of severe misconduct and potential espionage during his 2016 presidential campaign. 

In a Sunday tweet, Trump said "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" 

Yates, who was fired last year by Trump after she refused to back his controversial "travel ban" which would have temporarily restricted travel into the United States from seven countries with ties to terrorism. The former Deputy AG warned that Trump's demand to investigate the DOJ "crossed a line." 

I think what we’re seeing here is the president has taken his all-out assault of the rule of law to a new level and this time he is ordering up an investigation of the investigators who are examining his own campaign. You know, that’s really shocking,” Yates said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

I know it was just a tweet but he did say something to the effect of, if I recall correctly, ‘I hereby order.’ And we saw the Justice Department respond to that," added Yates. “I think [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein is trying to strike a balance here between defusing the situation and also protecting the rule of law and the institutional integrity of the department.”

Yates also says that the Justice Department is becoming more and more accustomed to Trump's behavior, which could threaten the rule of law. 

We become accustomed to things that the president does, in directing DOJ,” Yates said. “You know, I can remember a time when he would issue a tweet or directive and the reports would be: ‘In an unprecedented act, the president did X or Y.’ It’s not so unprecedented anymore and oftentimes it doesn’t even make it through the full 24-hour news cycle.”

Earlier Monday, former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted (with uncharacteristically poor grammar) "Trump demand for DOJ investigation is dangerous/democracy threatening. DOJ response is disappointing.There is no basis/no predicate for an inquiry.It ’s time to stand for time honored DOJ independence.That separation from White House is a critical part of our system."

Meanwhile, Yates said Trump had been "tearing down the legitimacy" of the DOJ - warning that his attacks on officials such as AG Jeff Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller are "not normal" - and are becoming normalized. 

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Keyser Kayman Mon, 05/21/2018 - 19:40 Permalink

Sally Yates is an ignorant bint... The "Rule of Law" states that Congress has oversight into everything the FBI / DOJ does... What part of that don't you understand Sally... Just remember, those that shout the loudest are the most guilty... You're time in the box is coming Sally, bet on it... 

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Peter41 Keyser Mon, 05/21/2018 - 20:54 Permalink

Her loud exclamations are proof positive of her profound disrespect and disregard for the rule of law. She refused to enforce the president's executive order concerning immigration, the president, under our constitution, is the repository of executive power. Yates was part of the executive branch not some sort of independent, unaccountable agency with powers of its own. She refused to carry out the laws of the United States as expressed by the president, and as such deserved to be fired. To the extent that her unlawful activities in trying to undermine the presidency by extra-legal actions are becoming known as Congress exercises its lawful oversight activities, Ms. Yates will have lots of sweaty nights ahead.

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Peter41 Keyser Mon, 05/21/2018 - 20:56 Permalink

Her loud exclamations are proof positive of her profound disrespect and disregard for the rule of law. She refused to enforce the president's executive order concerning immigration, the president, under our constitution, is the repository of executive power. Yates was part of the executive branch not some sort of independent, unaccountable agency with powers of its own. She refused to carry out the laws of the United States as expressed by the president, and as such deserved to be fired. To the extent that her unlawful activities in trying to undermine the presidency by extra-legal actions are becoming known as Congress exercises its lawful oversight activities, Ms. Yates will have lots of sweaty nights ahead.

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Peter41 Keyser Mon, 05/21/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

Her loud exclamations are proof positive of her profound disrespect and disregard for the rule of law. She refused to enforce the president's executive order concerning immigration, the president, under our constitution, is the repository of executive power. Yates was part of the executive branch not some sort of independent, unaccountable agency with powers of its own. She refused to carry out the laws of the United States as expressed by the president, and as such deserved to be fired. To the extent that her unlawful activities in trying to undermine the presidency by extra-legal actions are becoming known as Congress exercises its lawful oversight activities, Ms. Yates will have lots of sweaty nights ahead.

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StychoKiller Hal n back Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:16 Permalink

Sorry Yates, but the Constitution Has the President listed as being the Chief Executive Officer of the USA, NOT the DOJ, or any of its minions!  Since yer not a member of the SCOTUS, NO ONE gives a flying fsck what you think!  Should the DOJ be independent?  Perhaps, but someone has to hold them accountable for adhering to the Constitution, so ESAD!

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Harry Lightning DeadFred Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:31 Permalink

The nerve of these rat bastards to invoke the "time honored DOJ independence". That independence went flying out the window once DOJ decided to break the law and start spying on the political campaigns of the opposing political party. The DOJ will get their independence back once they prove that all of the lawbreakers employed there have been rooted out, prosecuted and sentenced. Until then, they answer to the President as part of the Executive branch, and the more they whine, the longer their prison sentences should be.

As for Trump meeting with that little Jew weasel Rosenstein, had it been me in the Executive chair, I would have had him to my office only so he could do a perp walk out the front door of the White House. 

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Abaco Harry Lightning Mon, 05/21/2018 - 21:00 Permalink

DOJ and FBI have never been independent.  They have always been tools of the state. FBI has been blackmailing congress since the first time Hoover donned a dress at FBI HQ.  DOJ has NEVER refused to enforce ANY of the many unconsitutional laws passed by congress. Employment and FBI and OD (and ATF, DEA, etc) is a prima facie case of treason.

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whatsupdoc espirit Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:34 Permalink

There won't be any indictments.  Trump has not nailed a swamp creature yet.  The rule is 'don't bring down one of your own'.  The creatures have been and will multiply far quicker than any 'draining'.

There really hasn't been any significant news for a number of months now.  Things have settled down considerably.

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y3maxx jcaz Mon, 05/21/2018 - 17:57 Permalink

""The look on all these idiots faces is priceless. Yates looks like she is about to cry because she knows she's getting indicted, Scarborough knows they just whiffed on the biggest scandal in American History and knows he will be a historical clown. Yates' face says it all."

Bill Diblazin

***And would not be surprised if Rosenstein turns State evidence to save his own neck.

*** Watch for, Gang of Eight, back of the head suicides, jump off roofs, car crashes or suddenly exiting the USA in 3.....2.....1....

Could be bigger than Watergate!

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Baron Samedi toady Mon, 05/21/2018 - 20:29 Permalink

Rule of law ... one takes their choice when it ended; good candidates:

--- 1913 Establishing the Fed with a marginal vote.

--- 1947 National "Security" Act. 

--- 1963 Remove 'inconvenient' JFK from presidency.

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