Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates spoke to the graduating class of Harvard Law School this week and she touched upon the controversy that led to her firing.
“Defending the constitutionality of the travel ban would require the Department of Justice to argue that the executive order had nothing to do with religion, that it was not intended to disfavor Muslims,” Yates said in the speech. “Despite the numerous prior statements that had been made by the president and his surrogates regarding his intent to effectuate a Muslim ban.”
Yates went on.
“I believed then and I believe now that resigning would have protected my personal integrity, but it would not have protected the integrity of the Department of Justice.”
Watch her full speech: