Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates blasted President Trump following his calls for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll 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.”
DOJ not a tool for POTUS to use to go after his enemies and protect his friends. Respect rule of law and DOJ professionals. This must stop.— Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) November 4, 2017
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 SandersDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs 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.