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When I told him General Flynn had been interviewed [by the FBI] it was clear to me that this was not something he already knew about.feedback
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This page is completely dedicated to what Sally Yates has to say. All of Sally Yates’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Sally Yates came from an article called There was nothing casual’ about Mike Flynn warning: “There was nothing casual. I called [White House councel] Don McGahn and told him I had a very sensitive matter that I needed to discuss with him that day and it needed to be in person. And Mr. McGahn got it. He knew that this was serious and that it was important. But to have done anything else I felt like would have been an abdication of my responsibility. So I wasn't looking to be fired. But given the situation that I was in, I couldn't have done anything else and lived with myself.”.
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Look, I understand that people of good will, who are good folks can make different decisions about this. I understand that, but all I can say is that I did my job the best way I knew how. It was appropriate for us to look at the intent behind the president's actions and the intent is laid out in his statements.feedback

We were really concerned about the compromise here. I don't know what steps they may have taken to act. It was a topic of a whole lot of discussion in the department of justice and with other members of the intelligence community. We had really the experts within the national security division. We were trying to make a determination about how best to deal with this. Our point was that logic would tell you that you don't want the NSA to be in a position where the Russians might have leverage over you.feedback

We were concerned that the American people had been misled about the underlying conduct and what General Flynn had done, and also that we weren't the only ones that knew all of this. The Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done, and they Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled Vice President Pence and others. This was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this but that they also likely had proof. This created a compromise situation … where the national security adviser could be blackmailed by the Russians.feedback

I don't have any way of knowing what, if anything, they did. If nothing was done, then certainly that would be concerning.feedback

I want to note that I intend my answers today to be as fulsome and comprehensive as possible while respecting my legal and ethical boundaries. As the subcommittee understands, many of the topics of interest today concern classified information that I cannot address in this public setting, either directly or indirectly. My duty to protect classified information applies just as much to me as a former official as it did when I led the department.feedback

At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.feedback

Such accountability is important for several reasons: It deters future illegal activity, it incentivizes changes in corporate behavior, it ensures that the proper parties are held responsible for their actions, and it promotes the public's confidence in our justice system. Although in the short term certain cases against individuals may not provide as robust a monetary return on the Department's investment, pursuing individual actions in civil corporate matters will result in significant long-term deterrence.feedback

The key to professional happiness and success is pursuing what is meaningful to you and pursuing it with a vengeance. I know way too many people who are in powerful, high-paying jobs who don't get much satisfaction from it. They enjoy the lifestyle, but the work isn't terribly meaningful. That's where I've been incredibly lucky in my professional life. What I do is meaningful to me and has made a difference in the big scheme of things.feedback

One of the great lessons is that nobody is a success on their own. Off all the cases I've done, that's the greatest example of the power of a team. The leader of a team has to demonstrate their respect for each person's role on the team.feedback

She would have been a heck of a lawyer. But women weren't hired as lawyers back then. It just wasn't done. So instead, she was a secretary, first to my grandfather, who was a lawyer, and then for my father and his brother and their practice. Fighting corporate fraud and other misconduct is a top priority of the Department of Justice. One of the most effective ways to combat corporate misconduct is by seeking accountability from the individuals who perpetrated the wrongdoing.feedback

I realized that tenacity counts for a lot. She became a lawyer without support systems. I thought to myself that, if she did that, how hard could it be for me?feedback

I realize that we're not doing Mother Teresa's work here at the U.S. Attorney's Office, but I do think what we're doing makes a difference.feedback

Senator, I believe the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and to give their independent legal advice to the president. For as long as I am the acting attorney general, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the executive order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.feedback

I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.feedback

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