Former Attorney General Sally Yates, also known as a fearless, badass queen of epic proportions, has added a new job to her resume; writer. After serving in the Department of Justice for 27 years, she was unceremoniously fired by President Trump after she refused to support his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries. If Trump hoped he would silence Yates by firing her, he couldn't have been more wrong. She continues to stand up for what she believes in, and these quotes from Yates op-ed in The Washington Post are just another perfect example of what true integrity looks like.
Yates wrote the op-ed in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' call for criminal reform. Sessions announced last week that he planned to get tough on crime by forcing prosecutors to demand mandatory minimum sentencing for drug traffickers, a move which has drawn harsh criticism even within his own party. Sessions said in his mandate, according to Rolling Stone:
Sessions' decision to unilaterally impose strict penalties against all drug traffickers would make it hard for prosecutors to use discretion when going to trial (as was the case under former Attorney General Eric Holder). Rather than using well-informed, intelligent reform, Sessions' plan "rolled back the clock to the 1980s," according to Yates.
Stoking Fear In Hearts Of Americans
Yates accused Sessions of:
Just The Facts
Sessions' assertion that being tough on crime will somehow make a difference is, as Yates noted "not supported by facts."
Smart On Crime
When former Attorney General Holder introduced Smart on Crime in 2013, it was an effort to reform criminal justice by prioritizing the worst criminal offenders and "ensure just punishments" for low-level offenders. As Yates noted in her op-ed:
Sessions hopes to end all of that.
Cartel Boss vs. Low-Level Courier
A low-level drug courier, as Yates pointed out, should not be in the same boat as a cartel boss.
Moving Past The Rhetoric
The Trump administration has made a career out of taglines and rhetoric. "Drain The Swamp," "Make America Great Again," etc. Yates firmly believes it's time to put aside the rhetoric and get down to the business of actually solving problems.
Bottom line? Sally Yates has no intention of disappearing. So perhaps Sessions might want to listen to her.