Courtesy of Politico:
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told lawmakers Wednesday that neither President Barack Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden attempted to influence the FBI’s investigation of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn during a January 2017 Oval Office meeting with top national security officials.
“During the meeting, the president, the vice president, the national security adviser did not attempt to any way to direct or influence any investigation,” Yates said during sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The testimony counters repeated insinuations by President Donald Trump and his top allies that Obama and Biden took a leading role in steering an investigation into the incoming national security adviser, a charge Trump has used to claim he was the victim of an unspecified crime he has dubbed “Obamagate.”
Trump has provided no evidence to support the claim, and Yates said under oath that Obama’s only interest in Flynn was to ensure that it was safe to share sensitive national security information with the incoming administration while the FBI was probing concerns that Flynn was attempting to undermine sanctions leveled by Obama in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
“General Flynn had essentially neutered the U.S. government’s message of deterrence,” Yates said.
Here is a little more courtesy of Axios:
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified Wednesday that she believes there was a “legitimate basis” for the FBI to interview then-national security adviser Michael Flynn in January 2017 as part of a counterintelligence investigation into Russian election interference.
The Justice Department under Attorney General Bill Barr is attempting to dismiss the case against Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, on the grounds that there was no basis for the FBI to interview him in the first place.
The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, in addition to the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a special prosecutor at the Justice Department, is conducting a review of the origins of the Russia investigation.
Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has alleged misconduct in the Russia investigation, claiming it was politically motivated and that the FBI was seeking to prosecute Flynn under a 200-year-old law called the Logan Act that prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.
Yates testified that a potential Logan Act violation was not the basis for the Flynn interview, and that FBI agents were attempting to find out why Flynn was “neutering American policy” related to Russia sanctions imposed in response to 2016 election interference.
What she’s saying: “That is a very curious thing to be doing, particularly when the Russians had been acting to benefit President Trump. And then he is covering it up, he’s lying about it,” Yates testified.
“So the agents understandably needed to understand what the relationship was here between General Flynn and the Russians and to try to find out from him who else might have been involved in this.”
“Had General Flynn been honest when the agents came to him and admitted what he said, the agents would have found out what the Mueller investigation discovered later. And that is that General Flynn was not acting on his own and that these were not conversations off the top of his head.”
I watched a little of this hearing yesterday and saw various clips online.
From what I saw the Republican Senators acted like children trying desperately to defend their stupid friend who got caught shoplifting.
They created outlandish scenarios that have been reinforced by online conspiracy theorists that Sally Yate was then forced to casually dismantle while maintaining her air of professionalism.
She did a great job and the Republican Senators embarrassed themselves once again in service to the whims of Tangerine Hitler.