How To Watch Sally Yates' Testimony On Russia & The White House
You likely remember Sally Yates' role as acting attorney general at the beginning of Trump's presidency. The Obama appointee made her mark, refusing to defend President Trump's travel ban and ultimately being fired for the decision. But that's not the only big issue Yates has been involved in — she also was privy to information about National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his conversations with the Russian ambassador in late December. Now she's going to share some of what she knows.
If you're wondering how to watch Yates' testimony on Russia and the White House, you've come to the right place.
Unlike the investigation into Russia's role in the presidential election, the answer is pretty straightforward. If you have C-SPAN, you can tune into the Senate Judiciary Committee's crime and terrorism subcommittee hearing there. Check their website to get an email reminder when their television coverage begins.
Another good option would be to stream the coverage directly from the Judiciary Committee's website. Many other cable news channels will likely air parts of the testimony too, but if you want start-to-finish coverage, these aforementioned options are your best bet.
What exactly Yates will say, though, is more of a guessing game. The Washington Post reported that the former acting attorney general is going to be discussing her conversations with the White House on the subject. Reportedly, she had a conversation with White House counsel Donald McGahn, in which she explained that what Mike Pence had said publicly about Michael Flynn's contact with the Russians was wrong. It later came out that Pence was misled. Flynn, when he stepped down, ultimately admitted to speaking with the ambassador, but not about what they discussed. Bustle reached out to Flynn for comment.
There is one system of justice- one in which wrongdoers must be held accountable based on facts/evidence, not position/title/power/wealth.— Frmr DAG Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) May 10, 2016
As for Yates' testimony, the senators' goal, is essentially to figure out exactly who knew what when. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein explained her goals on NBC's Meet The Press. "Apparently [Yates] has some information as to who knew what when that she is willing to share. And that would be what she knew about Michael Flynn's connections to Russia and exactly what she knew they were," Feinstein explained.
At one point, it wasn't even clear whether this testimony would even be allowed. Back in March, it became clear that the Trump Administration was working to block her testimony to a House Committee, citing the "presidential communication privilege," essentially attorney-client privilege between the president and his attorney general. She's now being allowed to testify, but it could still limit what she says.
To find out exactly she shares, you'll have to tune in. Luckily C-SPAN and the Judiciary Committee are making that easy.