Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates said Friday during an appearance before the National Association of Women Judges in Atlanta that the White House has violated “important norms” governing the rule of law in its relationship with the U.S. Justice Department.

In an hourlong conversation with Judge Beverly Martin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit , Yates—whom President Donald Trump fired in January over her refusal to defend the his travel ban—ardently defended the historic independence of the DOJ and called on the judges and citizens to be vigilant that it remain so.

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