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

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

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates blasted President Trump following his calls for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Katko fends off Democratic opponent in New York race Harris County GOP chairman who made racist Facebook post resigns 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.


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 SandersBernie SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed 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.