Sally Yates Just Issued a MAJOR Warning About Donald Trump [VIDEO]

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general who was fired by Trump after giving him a warning about then-national security adviser Mike Flynn, says Trump has taken his “assault on the rule of law to a new level” by demanding that the Justice Department investigate alleged surveillance abuses of his 2016 presidential campaign.

On Sunday, Trump issued this “demand”:

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!

On Morning Joe, Sally Yates 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. 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.

What we’re seeing here is that the president has just taken his all-out assault on the rule of law to a new level, and this time he is ordering up an investigation of investigators who are examining his own campaign. You know, that’s really shocking.

She continued:

One of the things we have to look out for is the old “boiling the frog slowly” issue. You know, we become accustomed to things that the president does, in directing DOJ. 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.

As Raw Story notes, Yates said the president doesn’t have to order the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller to thwart the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia—or indeed any of the other crimes his associates have been accused of, or have already pleaded guilty to committing:

I think we all know, and happily folks on both sides of the aisle have recognized, that firing Bob Mueller would be red line. But we also need to recognize that firing Rod Rosenstein would be equally damaging to the rule of law because Rod Rosenstein here really controls the scope of the special counsel’s investigation and trying to get rid of him is having a back doorway of trying to control that investigation.

The Hill notes that Yates has spoken out against the president’s attacks on the Justice Department in the past. Earlier this month, for example, Yates said Trump was “tearing down the legitimacy” of the department, warning that his attacks on top officials like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller are “not normal,” but are becoming normalized.


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