Sally Yates Blasts Trump: U.S. Is 'Teetering on the Brink of the Demise of the Rule of Law'

Updated | Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by President Donald Trump for defying his travel ban, blasted him on Friday as the nation waits to see whether Trump will also fire Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Journalist Tina Brown asked Yates if she thinks Mueller will be able to complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election during a conversation at the Women in the World summit in New York City.

"I think we should have some live news feed in case something happens as we're speaking," Yates responded, adding that the situation "creates a tremendous amount of anxiety."

"We've been holding our breaths, and it feels like we're teetering on the brink of the demise of the rule of law," Yates said. "And certainly if he could get away with it, he would fire Bob Mueller."

"I think it's a question of whether he can do it and get away with it," Yates concluded.

After the FBI raided the office and home of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, on Monday, the president said friends had suggested that he fire Mueller. Trump reportedly also is considering firing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the investigation.

The deputy attorney general controls whether a public report on the investigation is prepared and if information is presented to Congress for articles of impeachment, Yates explained.

Regarding reports that Trump's legal team drafted a proposal for the president to be interviewed by Mueller, Yates said of Trump, "I don't understand how he would have the moral authority to lead this country if he didn't answer those questions."

Trump's lawyers have reportedly pulled back from that proposal.

Yates said Mueller "is just the person that we should all want in that position" as special counsel.

"He is going to look at the facts, he is going to look at the law, he is going to do the job and he doesn't care what the noise out there might be," Yates said.

If "there's a case to be had, he's going to make it, but at the same time, if there's not a case to be made, if there's really offensive things that happened but there's not violations of the law, Bob Mueller is not going to gin up a case to justify his existence," she said. "So I have tremendous confidence in him. Just leave him to do his job."

Brown asked Yates if she ever imagined her career at the department of justice would end the way it did. Yates served as acting attorney general for only 10 days, after serving as deputy, and was the first to be fired by Trump for refusing to uphold his first ban on travel from several majority-Muslim nations and denouncing it as unlawful.

"No, I never expected, and in fact did not want, to end my 27 years with the Department of Justice being fired," Yates said. "But at the same time, I felt that to have done anything other than what I did and make the decision that I made would have betrayed those 27 years prior to that."

This story has been updated with more of Yates' comments from the summit.