Sally Yates: Trump's DOJ tweet 'beyond abnormal'

Sally Yates: Trump's DOJ tweet 'beyond abnormal'
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Yates linked Trump’s comments to The New York Times last week that he believes he has “the absolute right to do what I want with the Justice Department” with a tweet earlier Tuesday calling for the department to act against Comey, Clinton aide Huma Abedin and others.

“Today he slanders career DOJ professionals as ‘deep state,’ calls for prison for a political opponent, and tries to sic DOJ on a potential witness against him. Beyond abnormal; dangerous,” Yates tweeted.

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In his tweet Tuesday morning, Trump appeared to be referring to a report in The Daily Caller that said Abedin had forwarded State Department emails to her personal Yahoo account.

Those emails, according to that report, included passwords to government systems and were forwarded to her personal account before a breach at Yahoo affecting all customer accounts.

Trump fired Yates from her post as acting attorney general in January, just hours after she refused to implement his executive order blocking people from some Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Yates has been an outspoken critic of Trump since then, criticizing him most recently for using the Justice Department “to go after his enemies and protect his friends.”

Trump has periodically called for the department to investigate Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the 2016 presidential election.