It really is amateur hour at this White House. Trying to prevent Sally Yates from testifying in the Russia probe only brings more attention to her story. And since the FBI already knows what Yates knows, the information will eventually come out.
Sally Yates is the former acting Attorney General who was fired by Trump after she told him that his original Muslim ban was unconstitutional. But it looks more and more like she was fired for other reasons.
Before she was fired, Yates uncovered some incriminating intel about Mike Flynn and his ties to Russia. She brought that information to Trump and explained that Flynn was lying and that he was subject to blackmail from Russia.
After Yates gave this information to Trump he did nothing. It was nearly three weeks before Flynn was finally fired for lying. And that was only after the press broke the story.
Yates has valuable information for this Russia investigation; and last week she was called to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. Then for some inexplicable reason, the committee’s chairman, Devin Nunes, cancelled the open hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
To make Nunes’ action even more suspect, we are learning now that the White House wanted to block Yates from testifying before the committee. And now we’re supposed to believe that it was just a coincidence that Nunes cancelled the hearing? Really??
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday,
“The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry.
According to letters The Post reviewed, the Justice Department notified Yates earlier this month that the administration considers a great deal of her possible testimony to be barred from discussion in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege.”
So Yates’ attorney then sent a letter to the White House for guidance. The letter stated that if they did not get a response by Monday, Yates would testify before the House Intel Committee.
The White House didn’t respond to the letter. But they didn’t have to. They blocked her testimony regardless. They just had their lapdog Nunes cancel the whole thing.
The top Democrat on the panel, Adam Schiff, told NPR,
“Sally Yates had a big role to play in why this hearing was canceled. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if there was a vigorous pushback on having her testify, among other things, about how long did [Trump] know Flynn had lied before he was willing to do anything about it?”
At Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Sean Spicer said the story in the Post was “one hundred percent false.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate Intel Committee said they will be calling Yates to testify. If there’s any hope of a legitimate Congressional investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, it lies in the Senate. But my guess is we will find out most of the facts in this case from good investigative journalism.