January 29, 2023

Trump just attacked Sally Yates on Memorial Day. Her response is everything

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Once again under fire from President Trump, this time in a tweet today, former United States Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has chosen to ignore the president and take the high road in her own Memorial Day tweet.


Trump’s latest attack on Yates, whom he fired in January 2017, was part of his continuing effort to paint President Obama as a villain who purposely used the FBI to spy on his 2016 presidential campaign, a charge that has been shown to have no basis in fact over and over again.

During Trump’s campaign, the FBI following strict rules did interview three members of Trump’s campaign after there were confirmed reports of Russian attempts to interfere in the American election.

Trump has tried to turn that into “Spygate,” but even this week after a meeting of Trump allies and some Democrats at the Justice Department to discuss it, no evidence emerges to support Trump claim. 

Still, today there was Trump twice tweeting quotes from a libertarian Georgetown law professor, who continues to support his theory that the president was spied on, during an appearance on Fox News, the outlet that constantly supports Trump’s positions.

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His second tweet went after Yates directly.

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During his appearance on the morning show Fox & Friends, Turley also was critical of Yates when she was serving as Acting Attorney General for refusing to defend Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries,  which she said was unconstitutional.

Trump fired her over that decision.

Turnley said he supported her firing and “at the time that she was fired for good cause. I still believe that. I find her actions to be quite unbelievable.”

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That is an odd thing for a law professor to say since Trump’s ban was later thrown out by the federal courts for being improper and unconstitutional, which Turnely ignores.

Apparently Turley, like Trump, is not interested in facts or the actual history of what happened but only in twisting the truth for political purposes.

And Trump, desperate to find anyone who supports his false claims, happily jumped on what Turley said as if that made it true, when in fact it is just more fake news.

Yates, meanwhile, a day ago on CNN did condemn the president’s efforts to force the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his campaign, which has resulted in the DOJ Inspector General opening an inquiry into the FBI’s actions.

Yates said that it threatens public confidence in the agency and moves his violation of the traditional separating of the executive branch and the FBI to a “more dangerous level.”

“It’s even a step beyond a dangerous point,” Yates said on CNN, “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.”
 Yates declined to directly address the spying allegations but did defend the agency:
“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,” she explained.
“Investigations there are done based on the facts and the law and not based on politics,” added Yates. “And I’m confident that that will be the result of this investigation as well.”
Yates continues to stand tall for the rule of law even as the president tries to use any shred of agreement with his unproven allegations to tear down American institutions like the FBI for his own political purposes.
Benjamin Locke

Benjamin Locke is a retired college professor with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Labor and Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from the European School of Management.

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