Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates slammed the Trump administration on Tuesday for ignoring legal and political norms, arguing that concerns about President Trump's conduct should go much deeper than whether he committed an impeachable offense. “Surely [criminality is] not our bar. That’s not the standard of conduct that we’re looking for from our president or our administration," she said in a sweeping panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "I mean, It shouldn’t just be whether you’ve committed a felony or not. It should also be whether or not you’re observing the kinds of norms that we’ve been talking about here today.” Yates said that she had "total confidence" in special counselRobert Mueller, who was appointed in May to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into Russian election meddling, possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and the circumstances around the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
But Mueller's primary responsibility is to look into possible criminal conduct that could be used for prosecution, she said, and does not include scrutiny of less serious examples of troubling behavior by administration officials. "There are facts here that should be alarming to us as a country that falls short of facts that would establish a basis for impeachment or for prosecution," Yates said.
Yates was abruptly fired in January, after she announced that the Justice Department would not defend Trump's first travel ban, which would have barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
She argued at the time that she believed the measure was unconstitutional and rooted in religious discrimination.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a limited version of Trump’s second iteration of the travel ban can partially take effect. The decision allows the administration to block travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, while halting entry for all refugees for 120 days.
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