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Sally Yates: If Trump Was Not President, He Would Be Indicted
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=81"><span class="small">Reuters</span></a>   
Monday, 29 April 2019 08:34

Excerpt: "Former top Justice Department official Sally Yates said on Sunday that if Donald Trump were not president, he would have been indicted on obstruction charges in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation."

Then-deputy attorney general Sally Yates speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., in 2016. (photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
Then-deputy attorney general Sally Yates speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., in 2016. (photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)


Sally Yates: If Trump Was Not President, He Would Be Indicted

By Reuters

29 April 19

 

ormer top Justice Department official Sally Yates said on Sunday that if Donald Trump were not president, he would have been indicted on obstruction charges in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Yates, a career federal prosecutor who rose to acting attorney general before Trump fired her in 2017 less than two weeks into his presidency, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” the Republican president was shielded by department guidelines that a sitting president should not be indicted.

“I’ve personally prosecuted obstruction cases on far, far less evidence than this,” Yates said. “And yes, I believe, if he were not the president of the United States, he would likely be indicted on obstruction.”

Mueller’s report, redacted for classified and other sensitive information, detailed a series of actions by Trump to impede the investigation. It did not make a conclusion on whether those actions constituted the crime of obstruction said the findings did not exonerate him.

The report cited attempts by Trump to thwart the Mueller investigation, as well as the president telling Russian officials he had faced “great pressure” from the probe but that it had been eased after he fired FBI Director James Comey. [nL1N22015W]

Mueller also said Congress has the power to address whether Trump violated the law and Congress is conducting its own investigations into whether he obstructed justice.

Yates told NBC there was a larger question raised by the report, which she said painted a “devastating portrait” of a campaign that welcomed Russian intervention, lied about it and then tried to cover it up.

“Is this the kind of conduct that we should expect from the president of the United States?” she said. “I mean, when the Russians came knocking at their door, you would expect that a man who likes to make a show of hugging the flag would’ve done the patriotic thing and would’ve notified law enforcement.”

Yates was fired by Trump after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and refused to defend new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations.

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+14 # DongiC 2019-04-29 09:50
Sally Yates has a sense of honor that's why she finds Trump so repulsive.
 
 
+8 # janie1893 2019-04-29 12:56
It is interesting that this article specifies how Trump displays his patriotism, by hugging the flag!! Patriotism has nothing to do with a flag, any flag! It has to do with honoring one's country because of the blood, sweat and tears that others have put into the creation and maintenance of the country.

It is very easy to hug a piece of cloth.
 
 
0 # maverita 2019-04-29 20:18
True. Stephen Colbert makes fun of Drumpf molesting the flag without asking permission -- that is how skeezy it looks when he does that hugging thing, gives me the creeps.