“Today he [Donald Trump] 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.” – Sally Yates, Washington Examiner, 3 January 2018.
“Despite our differences, we as Americans have long held a shared vision of what our country means and what values we expect our leaders to embrace. Today, our continued commitment to these unifying principles is needed more than ever… Our shared values include another essential principle, and that’s the rule of law — the promise that the law applies equally to everyone, that no person is above it, and that all are entitled to its protection. This concept recognizes that our country’s strength comes from honoring, not weaponizing, the diversity that springs from being a nation of Native Americans and immigrants of different races, religions and nationalities.” – Sally Yates, Bend Buletin, 27 December 2017.
“We felt like it was critical that we get this information to the White House, in part because the vice president was unknowingly making false statements to the public and because we believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians.” – Sally Yates, NBC News, 24 December 2017.
“Not only is there such a thing as objective truth, failing to tell the truth matters, … We can’t control whether our public servants lie to us. But we can control whether we hold them accountable for those lies.” – Sally Yates, Huffington Post, 19 December 2017.
“There is something else that separates us from an autocracy, and that’s truth. There is such a thing as objective truth, … We can debate policies and issues, and we should. But those debates must be based on common facts rather than raw appeals to emotion and fear through polarizing rhetoric and fabrications.” – Sally Yates, Market Watch, 19 December 2017.
“The rule of law depends not only on things that are written down, but also on important traditions and norms, such as apolitical law enforcement, … That’s why Democratic and Republican administrations alike, at least since Watergate, have honored that the rule of law requires a strict separation between the Justice Department and the White House on criminal cases and investigations. This wall of separation is what ensures the public can have confidence that the criminal process is not being used as a sword to go after one’s political enemies or as a shield to protect those in power. It’s what separates us from an autocracy.” – Sally Yates, Market Watch, 19 December 2017.