With President Trump still enmeshed in paranoid fantasies about the “Deep State” within the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the intelligence community conspiring against him, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has been roused from her relative silence on Twitter to defend her former colleagues.
Trump’s latest attack on the agencies that report into him through Attorney General Jeff Sessions came in the form of a tweet sent early this morning.
So sad that the Department of “Justice” and the FBI are slow walking, or even not giving, the unredacted documents requested by Congress. An embarrassment to our country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018
Perhaps it was Trump’s use of quotation marks around the word “Justice” that inspired Yates to respond, but surely having the nation’s largest embarrassment call your former colleagues out as shameful tipped the balance, if the former Deputy AG had any doubts about whether to weigh in.
The fact is that we all deserve better than this, just as Sally Yates deserved better than being fired for pointing out the fact that Trump’s first Muslim travel ban was illegal and refusing to defend it, knowing that the courts would strike it down.
The most ridiculous aspect of Trump’s criticism of the FBI and the DOJ is the fact that the documents to which the president refers in his tweet are ones that conservative Republican congressmen have subpoenaed to investigate the abuse of surveillance warrants in pursuing the links between Russia and the Trump campaign.
With the FBI surveillance actually discovering real links between Russia and Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page, aide George Papadopoulos, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and many others, the investigation has little to do with self-righteous indignation about the abuse of the FISA warrant process and everything to do with a political attempt to discredit the FBI investigations that implicate the Trump campaign in collusion with the Kremlin.
FBI Director Christopher Wray has told The Hill that the agency had doubled the number of people working on producing the subpoenaed documents and that Congress has already received over three thousand pieces of the requested material.
With even Sally Yates breaking her silence to defend the agency she served so loyally for years, Trump’s unprecedented war on the defenders of our nation’s rule of law will not be won without a major battle. Unless the public continues to support those opposing the president’s vicious agenda, however, the outcome of the battle remains uncertain.