Sally Yates, the acting attorney general who refused to defend President Trump's immigration order during his first 10 days in office, said Wednesday she is not thinking at all about running for office.
Her answer came after MSNBC host Joe Scarborough begged her to run. "When are you going to run for something?" he asked.
"I've never been drawn to the idea of elective office," she replied.
"This isn't about what you want, it's about what America needs," said Scarborough, who recently left the Republican Party. "Just remember that."
But Yates indicated it's not in the cards, even though she held open the idea of being appointed to some positions.
"I hope that someday maybe I'll have another opportunity for public service," she said. "Elective office, I'm having a hard time seeing, but ... we'll see I suppose."
Yates' opposition to Trump's first order restricting immigration from seven countries made her an immediate favorite of Trump's opponents. The Trump administration said the order was meant as a check against importing terrorists, but Yates and others argued it amounted to at attack against people's Muslim religion.
Yates said on MSNBC that she is still worried about the rule of law under Trump.
"I'm very concerned about the state of the rule of law," she said. "Our whole criminal justice system, and indeed a cornerstone of our form of government, is the rule of law, the concept that the laws apply equally to everyone, and no one is above the law, and likewise, that the law is not used as a sword to go after your political enemies."
She said it's a problem when any president tries to use the Justice Department as a way to fight the political opposition.
"There's a whole lot wrong with that, and not only does it impact the rule of law, but it impacts the public's confidence in whether or not our criminal justice system is being used as a political tool," she said.
"And we've seen that over and over again with this president," Yates added.