Fired DOJ official rips Trump over tweet about jail for Huma


Sally Yates, the former acting Attorney General who was fired for not following directives, lashed out at President Donald J. Trump in a Tuesday tweet, after Trump called on the Justice Department to take action against Huma Abedin and James Comey.

Yates replied to Trump’s Tuesday tweet, writing: “POTUS on 12/28: “I have the absolute right to do what I want with the Justice Department.” 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 was replying to a tweet in which Trump said that Abedin, who is twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s aide, needs to be investigated following reports of her lax handling of sensitive information. He tweeted, “Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”

Trump’s tweet references Navy petty officer first class Kristian Saucier, who admitted to taking cellphone photos of instruments and equipment in 2009, while aboard the USS Alexandria. The photos reportedly documented technical aspects the nuclear attack submarine’s systems. Saucier pleaded guilty in May 2016, although he maintained that he intended no harm and did not intend to commit espionage. He was sentenced to 1-year in prison.

In Yates’ tweet, she references “POTUS on 12/28,” which relates to The New York Times interview Trump gave last week, in which he said he believes he has “the absolute right to do what I want with the Justice Department.”

The “witness against him” may be a reference to Comey, who the president fired. Some have suggested that Comey’s firing was an attempt by Trump to obstruct an FBI investigation into rumors of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Hill notes that Yates has been “an outspoken critic” of Trump, “ripping him recently for using the Department of Justice ‘to go after his enemies and protect his friends.’”

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