Sally Yates on Trump calling for Justice Dept. investigations: 'This must stop'

Sally Yates on Trump calling for Justice Dept. investigations: 'This must stop'
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Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates blasted President Trump following his calls for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone Omarosa claims president called Trump Jr. a 'f--- up' for releasing Trump Tower emails MORE, saying “this must stop.”

“DOJ not a tool for POTUS to use to go after his enemies and protect his friends,” Yates said in a tweet Saturday. “Respect rule of law and DOJ professionals. This must stop.”

Trump has renewed calls for the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate Clinton in recent days.

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In a radio interview Thursday, Trump said he was “very unhappy” that federal officials weren’t investigating Clinton. The comment followed new revelations that her campaign funded opposition research on Trump that led to the production of an unverified dossier linking him to Russia.

"The saddest thing is, because I'm the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved in the Justice Department. I am not supposed to be involved in the FBI. I'm not supposed to be doing the kind of things that I would love to be doing and I'm very frustrated by it," he said.

Trump also told reporters Friday that he was “disappointed” in the Justice Department for not investigating Clinton, saying “they should be looking at the Democrats.”

On Friday Trump also tweeted that the Justice Department and FBI should investigate Clinton following former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile’s claim that Clinton had tilted the Democratic primary in her favor and against Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: States fight Trump on non-ObamaCare plans | Analysis looks into surprise medical bills | Left hits industry group working against single payer Overnight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate Sen. Sanders blasts Zinke: Wildfires 'have everything to do with climate change' MORE (I-Vt.), with the full knowledge of the committee.

In January, Trump fired Yates from her post as acting attorney general just hours after she refused to have the Justice Department defend his executive order blocking people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.