Former Attorney General Sally Yates hammered into the Trump administration for disregarding political and legal standards. Yates continued to argue Trump and his administration’s behavior should be looked closer into than whether the President is guilty of an impeachable offense.
Trump’s behavior has been a topic of concern for not only congress, but the entire country. Many agree with Yates in that being law-abiding is not the bare minimum standard we hold for individuals in office. American voters want to see quality politicians with experience and know-how leading their nation. Trump has proven to have neither of those qualities.
“Surely [criminality is] not our bar. That’s not the standard of conduct that we’re looking for from our president or our administration,” she said in a sweeping panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
“I mean, It shouldn’t just be whether you’ve committed a felony or not. It should also be whether or not you’re observing the kinds of norms that we’ve been talking about here today.”
Yates said that she had “total confidence” in special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed in May to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian election meddling, possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and the circumstances around the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
But Mueller’s primary responsibility is to look into possible criminal conduct that could be used for prosecution, she said, and does not include scrutiny of less serious examples of troubling behavior by administration officials.
“There are facts here that should be alarming to us as a country that falls short of facts that would establish a basis for impeachment or for prosecution,” Yates said.
Yates was abruptly fired in January, after she announced that the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s first travel ban, which would have barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
The Supreme Court authorized a limited version of President Trump’s travel ban which block travel from 7 Muslim countries for 90 days, and block refugees for 120 days.