The former acting attorney general admitted that she is a Democrat but claimed that did not influence any action she took at the Department of Justice.
Former acting attorney general Sally Yates said that being a Democrat had absolutely nothing to do with how she did her job at the Department of Justice (DOJ) during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday.
Cooper asked Yates if she was a political opponent of President Trump, an accusation lobbed by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after Yates had been fired.
The Georgia native told Cooper that she was not a political opponent of President Trump, citing that she is a 20-year veteran of the DOJ.
Cooper followed up by asking Yates if her political beliefs impacted any of her decisions while severing as acting attorney general.
“Yeah, but that has absolutely nothing to do with how I did my job here,” Yates told Cooper.
Cooper then asked Yates about a Trump interview with Time Magazine regarding Yates’ testimony before Congress.
The next clip starts to play, this time showing Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley asking Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates if they ever requested that the names of Trump, his associates or members of Congress be identified by name, or unmasked, in a legal intelligence intercept. “Watch them start to choke like dogs,” Trump says, having fun. “Watch what happens. They are desperate for breath.”
“I’m not going to dignify that with a response,” Yates told Cooper.
Cooper then pointed out Yates’ ties to the Democratic Party.
Yates deflected the question, saying that she had been working at DOJ but admitted that she was not a Democratic and stood by her claim that this did not impact any decisions she made while serving as acting attorney general.
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