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FOIA News: Group sues for Sally Yates' Justice Department emails

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Group sues for Sally Yates' Justice Department emails

By Josh Gerstein, Politico, May 8, 2017

A conservative watchdog group is suing for access to Sally Yates' emails from her brief but eventful tenure as acting attorney general during the early days of the Trump administration.

Judicial Watch filed the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in federal court in Washington Friday, seeking copies of Yates' Justice Department email traffic from January 20, 2017 through January 31, 2017—one day after she was fired by President Donald Trump for refusing to defend his travel ban executive order.

The emails could also shed light on the bigger controversy that has enmeshed Yates and the Trump White House: her decision to warn the president that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn was misrepresenting his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Sources say Yates also told White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was susceptible to blackmail or pressure from the Russians because the public account the White House offered was inaccurate.

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