WASHINGTON (May 8, 2017) — Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is scheduled to testify to a senate subcommittee today about what the Trump White House knew about disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s ties with Russia before his ouster.
Trump too was thinking about Yates’ testimony when he started his morning on Twitter, tweeting, “Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council.” – (he apparently meant “counsel.”)
((With this tweet, Trump is absurdly implying that Sally Yates, a highly-respected former U.S. Attorney, broke federal law to sneak information to the media — instead of simply testifying about it today.))
Trump also felt it necessary to point out (to his supporters) that Flynn had received his security clearance during the Obama administration — a fact that actually helps illuminate how Trump and Flynn could have planned ahead to blame Obama if their illegal activities were ever uncovered.
General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration – but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
Trump fired Yates in January, not for warning him about illegal communications with Russia, but for refusing to enforce his first failed immigration ban. Interestingly, Trump never fired Flynn, who eventually resigned on his own.
Before being fired for refusing to enforce the ban she thought violated the Constitution, Yates was questioned by future AG Jeff Sessions about what an AG should do if ordered to break the law by the President.
— Not Individual-1, Client-1 or Candidate-1 (@yottapoint) January 31, 2017
Yates responded, “Senator, I believe the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and top give their independent legal advice to the President.”
Given the nervous tone of Trump’s Monday morning tweets, plus reports that the White House is already planning their response, Sally Yates’ testimony could blow the Russia investigation wide open.
Watch Sally Yates testimony live on C-SPAN at 2:30 Eastern time HERE.