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Speaking at a political convention is something I never expected to be doing, but the future of our democracy is at stake, said Yates, longtime Justice Department official who served in the Obama administration before staying on in an acting role during the transition to the Trump administration.

Then, I was fired for refusing to defend President Trump’s shameful and unlawful Muslim travel ban, Yates said, referring to the president’s decision to restrict travel to the U.S. from several majority-Muslim nations.

Yates said that decision which came less than a month after Trump took office was the start of his relentless attacks on our democratic institutions and countless dedicated public servants.”

“From the moment President Trump took office, he has used his position to benefit himself rather than our country,” Yates said in her remarks from Atlanta. “Hes trampled the rule of law, trying to weaponize our Justice Department, trying to attack his enemies and protect his friends.”

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates says President Trump “treats our country like it’s his family business this time, bankrupting our nations moral authority at home and abroad. But our country doesnt belong to him. It belongs to all of us.”

CBS News (@CBSNews) August 19, 2020

Yates most recently regained national attention when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a heated hearing about investigations into former Trump campaign aides that were related to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. 

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