Sally Yates Clashes with Republicans In Hearing On Russia Probe

Headline Roundup August 5th, 2020

On Wednesday, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified remotely before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Republicans questioned Yates about the Obama administration's counterintelligence investigation into potential Russian interference with the 2016 Trump campaign and transition team. During the testimony, Yates criticized the Justice Department's decision to dismiss former national security adviser Michael Flynn's charges, calling it "highly irregular"; Yates also admitted that former FBI director James Comey pursued the Flynn investigation without her knowledge, and said that, knowing what she knows now, she would not have signed the FISA warrant authorizing surveillance on Trump campaign associate Carter Page based on the Steele dossier. Ahead of the hearing, President Donald Trump tweeted out a message criticizing Yates.

The news was covered thoroughly across right-rated media. Coverage from many right-rated news outlets painted Yates in a negative light, with some voices accusing her of trying to minimize her role in the investigations. The hearing received less prominent attention from center- and left-rated outlets.

Sally Yates Clashes with Republicans In Hearing On Russia Probe

From the Center
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President Trump's allies in the Senate are set to resume a public investigation on Wednesday that aims to tie former Vice President Joe Biden with what Republicans call abuses of power.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wants to question former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates about her actions and those of the Justice Department and FBI as President Barack Obama's era closed and Trump's began.

Yates headed the Justice Department for part of the time covered by the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and was...

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From the Left
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ANALYSIS

The former deputy attorney general Sally Q. Yates on Wednesday adamantly defended the Justice Department’s investigation of Michael T. Flynn, clashing with Senate Republicans who accused her of being part of a politically motivated ploy by the Obama administration to frame President Trump’s former national security adviser.

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Yates described how top White House officials became deeply alarmed when they learned in the waning days of President Barack Obama’s tenure that the top national security adviser to the incoming president was conducting secretive...

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From the Right
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OPINION

Sally Yates, who served as Deputy Attorney General during a critical period as the Russia collusion hoax evolved in 2016-17, trashed fired FBI director James Comey during her testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

She readily agreed that Comey went “rogue” in his unauthorized pursuit of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. But that, of course, was stating the obvious. It was too easy. Comey managed to turn himself into a human piñata when he engaged in blatant acts of corruption.

Like Comey, Yates was a model of...

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