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Judicial Watch's Pursuit of Yates Docs a 'Drain the Swamp' Effort

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 May 2017 05:03 PM

A lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch to obtain the official emails of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is an effort to "drain the swamp" and focus on a new Washington "transparency," Tom Fitton, president of the government watchdog group told Newsmax TV.

"She was only in office, what, 10 days or so? But it certainly was consequential and had a lot of scandal and controversy associated with it," Fitton told host Bill Tucker on Tuesday's "America Talks Live."

"Not only her refusal to defend the president's immigration executive order, but her odd behavior with respect to the [Mike] Flynn matter. Who knows what else was going on?

"That's why we're asking for all of her emails from her government account to find out exactly what was going on and maybe get some more details about some of the issues that have been raised."

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Yates, appointed acting Attorney General by President Donald Trump in January, testified Monday to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee she had warned the Trump White House that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his Russian contacts and could be blackmailed by Moscow.

"To state the obvious: You don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians," she said.

But Trump kept Flynn in place for 18 more days. When Yates then ordered the Justice Department not to defend Trump's executive order seeking a travel ban of seven Middle Eastern countries, Trump fired her.

"We should be getting these [Yates email] records now," Fitton told Tucker. "We needed a new era of transparency in this city if we're going to drain the swamp, and we're encouraging the administration to focus on these issues.

"We understand he doesn't have many appointees at the Justice Department and certainly most of the employees probably don't think much of him. But the law is that the records have to be turned over in a timely way.

"They weren't, and that's why we sued in federal court, and now there's little excuse, and hopefully the courts will force him to get the records to us."

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A lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch to obtain the official emails of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is an effort to "drain the swamp" and focus on a new Washington "transparency," Tom Fitton, president of the government watchdog group told Newsmax TV.
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