Senate Republicans issued a warning to President-elect Joe Biden that picking Obama’s former Deputy Attorney General, and Trump Russia conspiracy theorist, Sally Yates to helm the DOJ would be a bad idea.
The Washington Post reported on Friday that Yates along with ousted Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), and Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, was on Biden’s shortlist to lead the DOJ.
But Senate Republicans are warning the Biden campaign that Sally Yates would be a tough, if not impossible, confirmation fight.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who will chair the Judiciary Committee if Republicans keep control of the Senate said:
‘Yates’s ties to the FBI’s 2016 Russia investigation were very worrisome. I think there’s plenty of people that he wouldn’t have to take a chance on her,’
Asked if he thought a GOP-controlled Senate would confirm Yates to be attorney general, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), an adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a member of the panel, replied bluntly, “No.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who currently chairs the committee, said he could give a “thumbs-up” to either ousted Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) or Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, whose 2016 Supreme Court nomination Republicans stonewalled.
But asked about Yates as attorney general, he replied, “I don’t think so.”
“Terrible idea,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the committee and a potential 2024 contender, when asked about Yates as attorney general.
Asked if he thought a GOP-controlled Senate would confirm Yates, he added “I would hope they wouldn’t.”
Another strike against Sally Yates was her briefly serving as acting attorney general under President Trump before being fired for refusing to defend the president’s travel ban.
Sally Yates ‘Russia…Russia…Russia’
Despite supporters saying Sally Yates is qualified as she was previously the No. 2 in the Justice Department during the Obama administration and a U.S. attorney before that.
Yates would face a bruising confirmation fight because of her ties to the FBI’s fraudulent probe into Russia’s election interference and the Trump campaign.
Yates testified on the issue before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year in which she distanced herself from some of the decisions made by former FBI Director James Comey.
Though Yates signed both the initial warrant application on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page and the first renewal.
She suddenly did a complete 180, telling committee members that if she had known then, what she knows now, she would not have signed them.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found a total of 17 significant errors and omissions in the initial application as well as the other FISA warrant applications
Georgia’s Jan. 5th Senate Runoff Election
Which party will control the chamber is in limbo until next month’s two January 5 runoff election races in Georgia.
If Democrats are able to steal both seats they could force a 50-50 tie in the Senate, which would hand them the majority because Vice President-elect Kamala Harris could break a tie once she assumes office on January 20.
That means Democrats could confirm whichever Obama Lackey Joe Biden nominates next without GOP support as long as every Democratic senator supports the confirmation.