White House sought to block former acting Attorney General testimony in Trump Russia scandal.
The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry.
According to letters The Post reviewed (copies below), the Justice Department notified Yates earlier this month that the administration considers a great deal of her possible testimony to be barred from discussion in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege. More from the Washington Post here.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has since canceled Ms. Yates’ testimony and Adam Schiff is now calling for Mr. Nunes to resign from the committee. Sally Yates will be testifying in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee where there appears to be more bipartisansip. Where is all this leading and should an independent commission be called in the House investigation? Please add your comments below.