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Yates Will Not Say if She Thinks a Special Prosecutor Needs to be Appointed

The former acting attorney general seemed to suggest that a special prosecutor isn’t required to investigate the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates refused to say whether a special prosecutor should be assigned to investigate the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and seemed to suggest that Department of Justice lawyers could conduct an impartial investigation during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Monday.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked Yates if a special independent prosecutor needed to be appointed, given that officials at the highest levels are potential witnesses and targets of the investigation.

“Well, Department of Justice lawyers pride themselves in being able to be independent regardless of whether they’re appointed as a special counsel,” Yates replied to Blumenthal.

Blumenthal followed up by asking Yates whether she thought that decisions to prosecute should be made by somebody who is unquestionably impartial.

Yates refused to answer Blumenthal’s question, telling the senator that she did not believe the current lawyers at DOJ needed prior DOJ lawyers telling them how to do their job.

Blumenthal asked Yates as a private citizen if she would like to see a special prosecutor appointed.

“Not going to go there either, senator,” Yates replied laughing off the question.