The White House denied reports that former acting Attorney General, Sally Yates was blocked today from testifying on Russia to the House Intelligence Committee.
Via the Washington Times:
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In a statement, the White House said it “has taken no action to prevent Sally Yates from testifying and the Department of Justice specifically told her that it would not stop her and to suggest otherwise is completely irresponsible.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said an article on the matter in The Washington Post “is entirely false.”
The article alleges that the Trump administration sought to block Ms. Yates from testifying about possible links between Russian officials and Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. It said Justice Department notified her earlier this month that the administration considers much of her possible testimony to be barred because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege.
“Such communications are likely covered by the presidential communications privilege and possibly the deliberative process privilege. The President owns those privileges,” Mr. Schools wrote in the letter dated March 24. “Therefore, to the extent Ms. Yates needs consent to disclose the details of those communications to HPSCI, she needs to consult with the White House. She need not obtain separate consent from the Department.”
Of course the Democrats and fake news media are drunk on Russian conspiracy theories as they report on this story. What if Yates decided not to testify because she would have to admit who leaked the Flynn story to the press?
I wouldn’t be surprised if she plead the 5th just like Loretta Lynch did…
We will update this story as it develops.