Former Attorney General Sally Yates says she is worried Department of Justice employees investigating potential Russian ties to Donald Trump could fear for their jobs in the wake of James Comey’s dismissal.
Yates, who was fired by the president on January 31, spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night.
Cooper asked the veteran lawyer if Comey’s shock firing would have an impact on the people investigating reported links between Russia and the White House.
‘This is certainly a troubling situation and it can have a chilling effect,’ Yates said.
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Yates continued to say, ‘our loyalty at the Department of Justice should be to the people of the United States’, and not the president.
The 56-year-old discussed Comey’s dismissal further, telling Cooper it was ‘a really troubling situation’.
‘There are serious questions about the timing and the motivation,’ she said.
‘Jim is obviously a very qualified and experienced guy… we had a common background, I found him to be a straight-shooter and candid.
‘Jim would speak him mind, some might call that showboating, but he would speak his mind.