Government watchdog Judicial Watch issued a lawsuit Monday to the Department of Justice demanding emails belonging to former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates be turned over for review. Specifically, the group has requested emails sent and received during the Trump administration.
Yates testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday and denied unmasking any Trump administration officials as part of her concerns over Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Yates met with Trump White House officials twice during the transition period and warned about misstatements by General Michael Flynn about his contacts with Russian officials. Flynn served as the President's national security advisor at the time.
In late January, Yates was fired for refusing to uphold President Trump's executive order banning travel from seven terror specific countries.
“Between her involvements in the Russian surveillance scandal and her lawless effort to thwart President Trump’s immigration executive order, Sally Yates short tenure as the acting Attorney General was remarkably troubling,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton released in a statement. “Her email traffic might provide a window into how the anti-Trump ‘deep state’ abused the Justice Department.”