Sally Yates reinvited to testify before Congress in Russia investigation
The House Intelligence Committee invited former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to testify at an open hearing related to Russian interference in the 2016 election. The hearing is scheduled for May 2.
The Trump administration previously attempted to block Yates, who briefly served as acting attorney general until she refused to defend Trump’s travel ban, from appearing before Congress. The Department of Justice claimed “presidential communications privilege” barred Yates from disclosing details about alleged communication between Trump officials and Russian intelligence officers. When Yates made clear she still planned to testify, Blink 182 fan Devin Nunes canceled her scheduled hearing.
Yates’s renewed invitation is one of several the House committee sent Friday. Former CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also were invited to appear at an open hearing on May 2. FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers, which the committee mistakenly called the national security advisor, were invited to return for a closed hearing the same day.
So, it appears the intelligence committee has recommitted itself to the Russiagate investigation, which stuttered after Nunes recused himself amid his own ethics violations related to the case. Bets are out whether the political will exists to press the matter beyond theater. Michael Conaway, Nunes’s replacement leading the probe, once compared Russia’s DNC hack to “Mexican soap opera stars” performing at campaign events, in that both constitute “foreign people influencing the vote.” Someone tell this dumbass they’re called “telenovelas.”