One of America’s most trusted former top law enforcement officials just sounded the alarm on the successful effort led by President Trump and House Republicans, to extort investigatory materials from the Department of Justice.
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Former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates says that Republicans and Trump have taken steps that are “a different and more dangerous level” in a new interview that will air in full tomorrow night.
Democratic lawmakers demanded a seat at the table for the meeting – which improperly included the President’s own attorney and Chief of Staff – and predictably announced afterwards that Trump was full of it and was just trying to interfere in the investigation once again.
Yates sat down with CNN’s David Axelrod and laid out how dangerous Trump’s latest efforts really are:
“This has really taken the assault on the rule of law to a new level.
And here it’s even 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.
That’s truly unprecedented.”
Sally Q. Yates served as a career prosecutor for 21 years before President Obama appointed her to be the US Attorney for Northern Georgia in 2010 and later Deputy Attorney General in 2015, before assuming the title of Acting AG in 2017 when President Trump took office.
But Donald Trump fired her after she warned White House Counsel Don McGahn that the now-convicted National Security Advisor Gen. Flynn lied to the FBI about his Russian ties, and she decided not to defend the administration’s vile and unconstitutional Muslim Ban imposed a week after the inauguration.
This week, President Trump went full “Alex Jones” when he created a fictional plot against his campaign and his GOP side-men backed him up by demanding access to information about a confidential human source.
It’s shameful that a sitting President and a major political party have resorted to a scorched earth campaign against the very government agencies they are supposed to oversee, while they hold power in all three political branches of government.
“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 told CNN.
“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.”
It is not an exaggeration to say that America’s future as a nation depends on justice being served to the Trump Administration and its enablers.
Based on the facts we know, it is looking more likely like there will be a mass indictment of Republican politicians, political operatives, and associates by Special Counsel Mueller’s office.
And maybe an indictment against President Trump.