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Former acting AG Sally Yates opened a can of worms, now look who is suing the DOJ for HER emails

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The emails that were sent and received by Sally Yates when she was President Trump’s acting attorney general are being requested in a new lawsuit.

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on Monday seeking access to Yates’ government account during her 10-day tenure in the Trump administration. The conservative watchdog group is requesting Yates’ emails from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31 of this year.

“Between her involvements in the Russian surveillance scandal and her lawless effort to thwart President Trump’s immigration executive order, Sally Yates [sic] short tenure as the acting Attorney General was remarkably troubling,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial watch, said in a statement. “Her email traffic might provide a window into how the anti-Trump ‘deep state’ abused the Justice Department.”

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Trump fired Yates on January 30 after she refused to support the president’s temporary travel ban, advising the Justice Department not to back the order in a memo. She attempted to defend that decision Monday during a Senate subcommittee hearing investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Yates, an Obama appointee, was Deputy Attorney General from January 2015 and became Trump’s interim Attorney General pending the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions in January after Trump’s inauguration.

She told the Senate subcommittee on Monday that she had warned White House Counsel Don McGahn on Jan. 26 about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Yates believed Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia due to his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Flynn resigned his position on Feb. 13.

Ahead of Yates’ testimony Monday, President Trump tweeted that she should be asked how classified information was leaked to the press after her meeting with McGahn in January.

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Judicial Watch filed its lawsuit following the Justice Department’s failure to respond to an FOIA request on Feb. 1.

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