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Yates: Trump ‘moral authority’ requires Mueller interview

NEW YORK (AP) — Sally Yates, the former acting U.S. attorney general, says President Donald Trump would lose the “moral authority” to lead the nation should he refuse to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Yates condemned the president’s behavior and policies during an appearance Friday at a women’s conference in New York.

Trump’s legal team hasn’t said whether he will answer direct questions from Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Yates said Trump’s oath of office requires his full cooperation.

She said, in her words, “I don’t understand how he would have the moral authority to lead this country if he didn’t answer those questions.”

Yates was fired last year when she refused to defend Trump’s proposed travel ban.

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