Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates could drop major info about the Trump administration’s ties to Russia in a Senate testimony on May 8! The ex-AG has more power than Trump, who fired her, ever expected. Is she going to spill the dirty details about Michael Flynn?
1. She warned the Trump administration about Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, 56, is testifying in front of a Senate subcommittee on May 8 about what (and when) she told the White House about fired national security adviser Michael Flynn‘s ties to Russia.
It’s expected that she warned President Donald Trump’s campaign officials that Flynn wasn’t telling the full truth about his correspondence with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. If Yates testifies on this major national security issue, it will bring the Trump-Russia issues back into the headlines.
Both White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer said that Yates did give them information about Flynn, but that the White House counsel didn’t find anything incriminating.
2. Trump fired her in January 2017
Yates was ousted as acting attorney general in January 2017 after saying that she opposed Trump’s muslim travel ban. She ordered Justice Department lawyers not to enforce the immigration ban, and was fired from her position almost immediately, as the White House said she “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” Yates was replaced by Dana Boente until Jeff Sessions‘ confirmation as current AG.
3. She was a trailblazer in her home state of Georgia
Former President Barack Obama nominated Yates to be the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia in 2010. She was confirmed, and became the first woman to ever hold that position. During that time, she was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as Vice Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.
4. She served as Deputy Attorney General
In 2015, the Senate confirmed Yates to be the deputy attorney general, the second-highest-ranking position in the Justice Department. Interestingly enough, then-Senator Sessions asked her what she’d do if the president gave her unlawful orders. She responded that her obligation’s to the law and Constitution, and that she’s give legal advice to the president. That answer was good enough then!
5. Trump has suggested that she leaked information to newspapers
Clearly riled up by the impending testimony, President Trump took to Twitter in the early hours of May 8 to lob wild accusations at Yates. “General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration – but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that,” he tweeted. “Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council.” There’s no evidence to back that claim.
HollywoodLifers, will you be watching Yates testify against Flynn? Let us know!