“There are facts here that…fall short of facts that would establish a basis for impeachment or prosecution,” Yates told the Aspen Ideas Festival on Tuesday.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said on Tuesday during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival that the facts about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia don’t rise to the level of impeachment or prosecution.
A member of the audience asked Yates if there is a tipping point for House and Senate Republicans to join Democrats in their calls to impeach President Trump.
“Well, as a country, yes, I would assume there is a tipping point. I wouldn’t presume to know what that might be,” Yates told the audience member.
Yates then expressed her belief that there needs to be an investigation other than special counsel Robert Mueller investigation, citing that Mueller’s investigation will deal with whether crimes were committed by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.
“Surely that’s not our bar, that’s not the standard of conduct we’re looking for from our President or our administration,” Yates told the crowd. “It shouldn’t just be whether you committed a felony or not. It should also be whether or not you’re observing the kind of norms that we’ve been talking about here today.”
Yates expressed her belief that Mueller will do a thorough investigation, but that that is not enough.
“There’s potential, and I don’t know what the facts are. I am not drawing conclusions about what he may ultimately determine,” Yates continued. “But, there are facts here that should be alarming to us as a country that fall short of facts that would establish a basis for impeachment or prosecution.”
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