Watchdog group files lawsuit against DOJ for Yates’ emails

The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, announced Monday that it has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, requesting the emails of former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, under the Freedom of Information Act.

Judicial Watch had filed the original request for the emails on February 1, 2017, but the Justice Department has not responded.  They asked for all emails between the period of January 21, 2017 to January 31, 2017.

Yates took it upon herself on January 30 to order the Justice Department to not defend or support President Trump’s executive order signed on January 27, which sought a ban on travel from seven Middle Eastern countries that had ties to terror.

As a result of her refusal to defend the order, President Trump promptly fired her the same day.

Yates had also reportedly warned the Trump administration in early January about General Michael Flynn’s alleged contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued a statement, explaining their request for the emails: “Between her involvement in the Russian surveillance scandal and her lawless effort to thwart President Trump’s immigration executive order, Sally Yates’ short tenure as the acting Attorney General was remarkably troubling. Her email traffic might provide a window into how the anti-Trump ‘deep state’ abused the Justice Department.”

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