Sally Yates, Former Attorney General, to Testify in Russian Probe
After a canceled appearance before the House intelligence committee, Yates will appear at congressional hearing.
Sally Yates is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing next month regarding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Yates will appear along with James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, a Senate committee announced Tuesday.
Both will testify during an open hearing of the crime and terrorism subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Senate Judiciary hearing will be the first opportunity for the public to hear Yates’ account of her role in the firing of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Yates alerted the White House in January that Flynn had been misleading in his account of a December phone call with the Russian ambassador to the United States. During the call, economic sanctions against Russia were discussed. Flynn was fired after those discrepancies were made public.
Following the publication of a series of letters which suggested Yates was given guidance by the Justice Department on what she could say about conversations she had with the White House, the White House said that it had never tried to prevent Yates from testifying.
Regardless of which version is true, Yates will now be compelled to answer any question the committee presents before her. While there is sure to be plenty of questions regarding Flynn, it is doubtful that the line of questioning will end there.