Sally Yates on Trump’s Calls to Investigate FBI: He’s Conducting An ‘All-Out Assault On The Rule of Law’
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had a strong warning about President Donald Trump‘s actions – both prior and recent – regarding the Justice Department.
In an interview on Morning Joe Monday, Yates said that by asking the DOJ to investigate whether there was a politically-motivated FBI informant in his campaign, Trump just crossed a new 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,” she said.
“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, she added. “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 then cautioned more broadly against becoming inured to the president’s actions and statements which threaten the rule of law.
“I think one of the things we have to look out for is the old boiling the frog slowly issue,” she said. “We become accustomed to things that the president does, in directing DOJ. 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.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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