Sally Yates said President Donald Trump had moved dangerously close to a red line by ordering an investigation into his predecessor.
The former acting attorney general, who was fired by Trump after issuing a warning about then-national security adviser Mike Flynn, appeared Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss the president’s order — which deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has so far agreed to indulge.
“What we’re seeing here is that the president has just taken his all-out assault on the rule of law to a new level, and this time he is ordering up an investigation of investigators who are examining his own campaign,” Yates said. “You know, that’s really shocking.”
Yates agreed the president’s order could put Rosenstein or FBI director Christopher Wray in a position where they’re forced to resign, but she said his ongoing assaults on law and order were already dangerous enough.
“One of the things we have to look out for is the old ‘boiling the frog slowly’ issue,” Yates said. “You know, we become accustomed to things that the president does, in directing DOJ. I can remember a time when he would issue a tweet or directive and the reports would be, ‘in an unprecedented act,’ the president did X or Y. It’s not so unprecedented anymore and oftentimes it doesn’t even make it through the full 24-hour news cycle.”
She said the president did not have to order the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller to impede the investigation into his campaign ties to Russia — or any of the other various crimes his associates have been accused of or pleaded guilty to committing.
“I think we all know, and happily folks on both sides of the aisle have recognized, that firing Bob Mueller would be red line,” Yates said, “but we also need to recognize that firing Rod Rosenstein would be equally damaging to the rule of law because Rod Rosenstein here really controls the scope of the special counsel’s investigation and trying to get rid of him is having a back doorway of trying to control that investigation.”
Google pledges new $10 billion investment in US in 2020
Google said Wednesday it would invest more than $10 billion in US offices and data centers in 2020, including its new campus planned for New York City and projects in 10 other states.
The pledge comes on top of some $22 billion invested by the US tech giant unit over the past two years.
"These investments will create thousands of jobs -- including roles within Google, construction jobs in data centers and renewable energy facilities, and opportunities in local businesses in surrounding towns and communities," said a blog post by Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent Alphabet.
Devin Nunes’ income called into question as watchdog asks for investigation of his finances
According to a report from the Fresno Bee,the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center is requesting a federal investigation into whether U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) is receiving legal services in violation of House ethics rules.
Over the past year, the conservative Republicans has launched a handful of lawsuits against critics -- including the McClatchy newspaper chain and a person on Twitter purporting to be one of his cows.
According to the Bee, "The complaint says Nunes appears to be in 'blatant violation of House rules,' because he would have trouble paying for all these lawsuits solely from his congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits."
Americans ramp up new home buying in January
New US homes continued to sell at a brisk pace in January, with sales hitting the highest level since July 2007 as builders struggled to keep pace, according to government data released Wednesday.
The better-than-expected results in the Census Bureau report showed the jump in new home sales that began last year had not tapered off in the first month of 2020, sending prices spiking.
Sales of single-family homes jumped in to an annual rate of 764,000, seasonally adjusted, an increase of 7.9 percent from December 2019, according to the report.