What Time Is Sally Yates' Testimony? Her Russia Comments Are Highly Anticipated
Normally this kind of build-up is only applicable to a movie premiere or an album dropping, but now a similar amount of anticipation is affecting a Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. You'll probably remember the name Sally Yates from when she took a stand against the travel ban as Trump's acting attorney general. That led to her quick ouster, but she is now back in Washington, D.C., to speak on Capitol Hill as a part of the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election. At what time will Yates give her testimony? Many in government would like her to shed light on the Russia issue.
Luckily, you now won't have to wait long. As the Judiciary Committee's website explains, the testimony is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday. And if you want to watch it live, you can easily do so on C-SPAN or on the committee's own website.
Senators speaking on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday explained why they were looking forward to Yates' testimony. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein tried to control herself, noting, "I don't want to, in any way, say that I know what she's going to say because I don't." But at the same time, Feinstein shared that Yates "apparently 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."
That is important not just for Feinstein, a Democrat, but also for Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. He said the Russians inserted themselves into the election, and it's time to figure out why and how — and most importantly whether there was collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. "We're going to determine whether there was any or not, and where those facts lead us," Blunt said on the show.
According to The Washington Post, the committee plans to question Yates on a conversation she had in January while serving as acting attorney general. She reportedly told White House counsel Donald McGahn that the public statements Vice President Pence had made about Michael Flynn's contact with the Russian Ambassador were incorrect. This could become problematic for the president, as the Trump administration then waited before firing Flynn.
The Obama administration fired Mike Flynn. Trump made him national security adviser. Sally Yates testifies today. https://t.co/AMHND3Azoz— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 8, 2017
But don't expect huge bombshells — whatever is ultimately exposed in the testimony may be somewhat limited. At one point the White House tried to keep Yates from testifying at all, given that she was the acting attorney general at the time, and her communications with the White House would fall under presidential communications privilege, essentially attorney-client privilege for the president.
But now she's up to speak. So make sure to tune in.