Former acting AG Sally Yates set to testify before Senate panel on Russia inquiry

Former acting AG Sally Yates set to testify before Senate panel on Russia inquiry

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was dismissed for refusing to defend President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban days after his inauguration, is set to testify Wednesday as part of a Senate committee's continuing inquiry into an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to question the former Obama administration official about the early days of the investigation into former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, who would later plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to Trump's inauguration. While Flynn awaited sentencing, the Justice Department earlier this year abruptly abandoned the prosecution. The move was challenged by the sentencing judge, who has since asked a federal appeals court to reconsider Justice's decision, leaving the former Army lieutenant general's fate uncertain, nearly three years after he first pleaded guilty. Yates first outlined her concerns about Flynn in explosive testimony three years ago before the same committee, saying the former national security adviser's lies about his contacts with Kislyak extended to Vice President Mike Pence. "You don’t want a situation where a national security adviser could get blackmailed by the Russians,’’ Yates told the committee then. Yates is the second high-profile witness called by the panel as part of its inquiry. In June, former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, a key player in the sprawling Russia investigation that shadowed much of Trump's presidency, defended his oversight of the probe ...
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