Sally Yates: ‘I’ve never been drawn to the idea of elective office’

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates delivers an address at Harvard Law School Class Day 2017, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

On Wednesday, Joe Scarborough practically begged Sally Yates to run for elected office on MSBC’s “Morning Joe.”

She dropped a few hints that an election bid – say, U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2020 – may not be in the cards.

Said Scarborough: “When are you going to run for something?”

“I have to tell you, I’ve never been drawn to the idea of elective office,” Yates answered.

The former acting U.S. Attorney General, who was fired after refusing to enforce President Donald Trump’s travel ban, has long since ruled out a run for Georgia governor in 2018. The ex-Atlanta prosecutor recently joined Georgetown University’s law school as a distinguished lecturer.

 

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TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

In this case with Loretta Lynch and Sally Yates, you need to understand that both are ruthlessly ambitious and were very willing and eager to advance their careers, even if the requirement was to sell their souls to Eric Holder.

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Sally Yates was only brought in to D.C. as Deputy Attorney General because Eric Holder was leaving office 2 years early and Eric knew Sally Yates will do literally anything he told her to do to cover his backside. Loretta Lynch, same thing, as she had long-standing relationship with Michelle Obama from college days. The two females' sole job was to obfuscate and delay any potential investigation of Eric Holder. Look for Yates to follow Eric Holder wherever he tells her to go.

nick1234
nick1234

@TrueBlueDem So two qualified women are only going to do what a man tells them to do? Are we going back to the 50's? 

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

Yates lives in the wrong state, at least for now. And she was fired from her last job for insubordination.

HELLNOMARTA
HELLNOMARTA

@RoyalDawg First, she is in the right state for me. I vote here. Second, she was fired because she refused to violate the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, NOT for insubordination. She is an American hero!

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

@HELLNOMARTA @RoyalDawg  You are dead wrong. She had two options under established precedent: either do as the President directed or resign. She tried to make a third option and was correctly fired by the President. I challenge you to cite specific language in the US Constitution that permits what she attempted.

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Why be answerable to the voters every two to six years when you can be almost a free agent as a career Federal is employee? I am thankful she was fired.

BrookhavenGuy
BrookhavenGuy

@BurroughstonBroch She could have earned the big $$$$ as a partner by returning for a career at King & Spalding or another major firm after a few years at DOJ rather than taking a major pay cut by staying at the USAO ND GA since the late 80s because she preferred being a career federal prosecutor.

Given your political leanings you at least should thank her for prosecuting Bill Campbell.

Sally Yates had more options than I bet you ever will


BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

@BrookhavenGuy @BurroughstonBroch  Yates was employed by K&S for three years (1986-1989) as a lowly associate in commercial litigation. She jumped at the opportunity Bob Barr gave her to move to the Federal side; I assume she saw more opportunity there. So, she has been on the Federal side for 28 of her 31 years of practice.

As far as returning to K&S as a partner, K&S employs out-of-work politicians, not out-of-work prosecutors and bureaucrats. If K&S wanted her, she would already be there.

I do thank her for prosecuting Bill Campbell and regret she could not have kept him in prison longer.

As far as my career, you know nothing of me so your attempted slap is worthless. I have 47+ years of professional practice and have been offered and taken options not available to Yates.





BrookhavenGuy
BrookhavenGuy

@BurroughstonBroch @BrookhavenGuy The current FBI Director Chris Wray (nominated by your hero) also worked as "a lowly associate" at K&S in the mid-90s then went to the USAO ND GA before going to Main Justice and then returning to K&S as a partner.  Do not see "out of work politician" on his resume but maybe you can share how that is who Director Wray really is.

FWIW I also said Sally yates could hav returned to a big firm after several years at the USAO ND GA, not that she has any apparent interest in doing so now.  Reading comprehension - try it - you might like it.

In closing, I do not know your career but I do know you have some major gaps in your knowledge on this subject and might consider holding off throwing more rocks until you get your facts straight.

Sad!.


BrookhavenGuy
BrookhavenGuy

@BurroughstonBroch I said Sally Yates could have left the USAO and returned to K&S in the early 90s if she had wanted to, not now (although I think they would take a former DAG back, as would many other Big Law firms - she simply does not want to do that)


But FWIW Judge Bell came back to K&S after he was AG, which would seem to fit your "out of work prosecutor/bureaucrat definition"


And Chris Wray was "only a partner" - LOL

"With an annual salary of roughly $6.3 million per year, Christopher Wray is a rarity among Big Law equity partners, particularly for partners at Atlanta-based firms. Wray, the Trump administration's nominee to replace fired FBI director James Comey, chairs King & Spalding's special matters and government investigations practice, a key area for his firm. This week, ahead of his Wednesday confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wray, 50, disclosed that the firm had paid him $9.2 million from the beginning of 2016 through mid-June."

http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202792732318/Megamillions-Paycheck-Puts-Chris-Wray-King-amp-Spalding-in-the-Spotlight

"King & Spalding profits per partner clock in at a little over $2.5 million, so Wray is lapping the average PPP three times over"

 https://abovethelaw.com/2017/07/king-spalding-pays-christopher-wray-9-2-million-a-year/

But don't let the facts get in the way of your narrative, even though you seem to be bitter about K&S - jealous?

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Politicians who became K&S senior partners: Griffin Bell, Sam Nunn, Dan Coats, Connie Mack, George Busbee. Did you overlook them? Wray was only a partner.

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