Sally Yates

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I couldn't in good conscience send Department of Justice lawyers in to defend the Executive Order that I did not believe was grounded in truth. I don't feel like I would have been doing my job to have done anything other than that.feedback
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Aug 02 2017
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May 16 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

There is certainly a criminal statute that was implicated by [Flynn's] conduct.feedback

May 13 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

Logic would tell you that you don't want the Russians to have leverage over the national security adviser.feedback

May 09 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

We were concerned that the American people had been misled about the underlying conduct and what General Flynn had done.feedback

May 09 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

And then, importantly, that every time this lie was repeated and the misrepresentations were getting more and more specific as they were coming out. Every time that happened, it increased the compromise and to state the obvious, you don't want your national security advisor compromised with the Russians. I remember specifically saying, you know it wouldn't really be fair of us to tell you this and then expect you to sit on your hands.feedback

May 09 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

One of the questions that Mr. McGahn asked me when I went back over the second day was, essentially, Why does it matter to DOJ if one White House official lies to another White House official? And so we explained to him, it was a whole lot more than that, and went back over the same concerns that we had raised with them the prior day, that the concern first about the underlying conduct itself, that he had lied to the vice president and others, the American public had been misled.feedback

May 09 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

Mr. McGahn asked me how he did, and I declined to give him an answer to that. We told him we felt like the vice president and others were entitled to know that the information that they were conveying to the American people wasn't true. And we wanted to make it really clear right out of the gate that we were not accusing Vice President Pence of knowingly providing false information to the American people.feedback

May 09 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

Finally, we told them that we were giving them all of this information so that they could take action, the action that they deemed appropriate. I remember that Mr. McGahn asked me whether or not Gen. Flynn should be fired, and I told him that that really wasn't our call, that was up to them, but that we were giving them this information so that they could take action.feedback

May 09 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

I'm not. But I'm also not aware of a situation where the Office of Legal Counsel was advised not to tell the attorney general about it until after it was over.feedback

May 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

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 Gen. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians. To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.feedback

May 08 2017

Look, I understand that people of good will, who are good folks can make different decisions about this. I understand that, but all I can say is that I did my job the best way I knew how. It was appropriate for us to look at the intent behind the president's actions and the intent is laid out in his statements.feedback

May 08 2017 - NSA

We were really concerned about the compromise here. I don't know what steps they may have taken to act. It was a topic of a whole lot of discussion in the department of justice and with other members of the intelligence community. We had really the experts within the national security division. We were trying to make a determination about how best to deal with this. Our point was that logic would tell you that you don't want the NSA to be in a position where the Russians might have leverage over you.feedback

May 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

We were concerned that the American people had been misled about the underlying conduct and what General Flynn had done, and also that we weren't the only ones that knew all of this. The Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done, and they Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled Vice President Pence and others. This was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this but that they also likely had proof. This created a compromise situation … where the national security adviser could be blackmailed by the Russians.feedback

May 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

I want to note that I intend my answers today to be as fulsome and comprehensive as possible while respecting my legal and ethical boundaries. As the subcommittee understands, many of the topics of interest today concern classified information that I cannot address in this public setting, either directly or indirectly. My duty to protect classified information applies just as much to me as a former official as it did when I led the department.feedback

May 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

I don't have any way of knowing what, if anything, they did. If nothing was done, then certainly that would be concerning.feedback

Jan 31 2017

Such accountability is important for several reasons: It deters future illegal activity, it incentivizes changes in corporate behavior, it ensures that the proper parties are held responsible for their actions, and it promotes the public's confidence in our justice system. Although in the short term certain cases against individuals may not provide as robust a monetary return on the Department's investment, pursuing individual actions in civil corporate matters will result in significant long-term deterrence.feedback

Jan 31 2017 - World Happiness report

The key to professional happiness and success is pursuing what is meaningful to you and pursuing it with a vengeance. I know way too many people who are in powerful, high-paying jobs who don't get much satisfaction from it. They enjoy the lifestyle, but the work isn't terribly meaningful. That's where I've been incredibly lucky in my professional life. What I do is meaningful to me and has made a difference in the big scheme of things.feedback

Jan 31 2017

One of the great lessons is that nobody is a success on their own. Off all the cases I've done, that's the greatest example of the power of a team. The leader of a team has to demonstrate their respect for each person's role on the team.feedback

Jan 31 2017

She would have been a heck of a lawyer. But women weren't hired as lawyers back then. It just wasn't done. So instead, she was a secretary, first to my grandfather, who was a lawyer, and then for my father and his brother and their practice. Fighting corporate fraud and other misconduct is a top priority of the Department of Justice. One of the most effective ways to combat corporate misconduct is by seeking accountability from the individuals who perpetrated the wrongdoing.feedback

Jan 31 2017

I realized that tenacity counts for a lot. She became a lawyer without support systems. I thought to myself that, if she did that, how hard could it be for me?feedback

Jan 31 2017

I realize that we're not doing Mother Teresa's work here at the U.S. Attorney's Office, but I do think what we're doing makes a difference.feedback

Jan 31 2017

Senator, I believe the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and to give their independent legal advice to the president. For as long as I am the acting attorney general, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the executive order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.feedback

Jan 30 2017

I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.feedback

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