aside President Blocking Sally Yates From Testfying

Image result for IMAGES OF DEVIN NUNESWell, well, well, we now know the real reason that the current republican chair of the US House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes decided to cancel any open hearings originally scheduled for today, 3/28/17. It is because the former DOJ acting head, Sally Yates had planned to participate in this forum.

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115th Congress House Intelligence republican members
  • Devin Nunes, California, Chair.
  • Mike Conaway, Texas.
  • Peter King, New York.
  • Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey.
  • Rick Crawford, Arkansas.
  • Trey Gowdy, South Carolina.
  • Tom Rooney, Florida.
  • Will Hurd, Texas.

Image result for photos of sally yatesHere is the rest of the story...

On 3/28/17, Devlin Barrett and Adam Entous ot the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia.”

“The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry.”

“According to letters The Post reviewed, the Justice Department notified Yates earlier this month that the administration considers a great deal of her possible testimony to be barred from discussion in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege.”

Image result for photos of sally yates“Yates and other former intelligence officials had been asked to testify before the House Intelligence Committee this week, a hearing that was abruptly canceled by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)  Yates was the deputy attorney general in the final years of the Obama administration, and served as the acting attorney general in the first days of the Trump administration.”

“Trump fired Yates in January after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend his first immigration order temporarily banning entry into United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world.”

“As acting attorney general, Yates played a key part in the investigation surrounding Michael Flynn, a Trump campaign aide who became National Security Adviser before revelations that he had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the US in late December led to his ouster from the administration.”

Image result for photos of sally yates“In January, Yates warned White House Counsel Don McGahn that statements made by White House officials about Flynn’s contacts with the ambassador were incorrect, and could therefore expose the national security adviser to future blackmail by the Russians.”

“In a March 23 letter to the Justice Department’s Acting Assistant Attorney General Samuel Ramer, Yates’ lawyer David O’Neill described the government’s position. Mr. O’Neill, who declined to comment, noted in the letter that Yates is willing to testify, and will avoid discussing classified information, or details that could compromise ongoing investigations.”

“The Department of Justice has advised that it believes there are further constraints on the testimony Ms. Yates may provide at the (House intelligence committee) hearing. Generally, we understand that the department takes the position that all information Ms. Yates received or actions she took in her capacity as Deputy Attorney General and acting Attorney General are client confidences that she may not disclose absent written consent of the department,’’ the lawyer wrote.”

Image result for photos of sally yates“We believe that the department’s position in this regard is over-broad, incorrect, and inconsistent with the department’s historical approach to the congressional testimony of current and former officials,’’ the letter continues. “In particular, we believe that Ms. Yates should not be obligated to refuse to provide non-classified facts about the department’s notification to the White House of concerns about the conduct of a senior official. Requiring Ms. Yates to refuse to provide such information is particularly untenable given that multiple senior administration officials have publicly described the same events.’’

Image result for photos of sally yates“Another Justice Department official, Scott Schools, replied in a letter the following day, saying the conversations with the White House “are likely covered by the presidential communications privilege and possibly the deliberative process privilege. The president owns those privileges. Therefore, to the extent Ms. Yates needs consent to disclose the details of those communications to (the House intelligence committee), she needs to consult with the White House. She need not obtain separate consent from the department.’’

 “Yates’ lawyer then sent a letter (3/24/17) to the White House lawyer, McGahn, saying that any claim of privilege “has been waived as a result of the multiple public comments of current senior White House officials describing the January 2017 communications. Nevertheless, I am advising the White House of Ms. Yates’ intention to provide information.’’

“That same day, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, announced he would not go forward with the public hearing that was to feature Yates’ testimony.”

22 comments

  1. It would seem that if King tRump would spend a little time reading the history of the final days of Nixon, he would realize how much he is emulating the actions and attempts to cover up his misdeeds! He will fail in the end, but the question must be asked, how much damage will he do to this nation before he reaches that point?

    Once more, it must be said, Mz. Gronda thanks for your hard work in exposing this traitor for what he is, it is thru the diligence of people like you that he will be brought down and justice will be found…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      Dt has been getting away with cutting corners and shady deals for 70 years. But this time he has met his Waterloo in the WH.

      Thanks for your words of encouragement.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. I believe a congressional hearing is in order, we need more representatives to step up and testify, and share hard evidence against this administration. There certainly seems to be obstruction of justice, and possibly a cover-up taking place, the Republicans have much to hide.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      I and many others are pushing foe an independent commission to do a fair and thorough investigation where “we the people” can be assured that whatever the results are, that we can believe in the finished product.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • I couldn’t agree more Gronda. The public has a right to know, and all that we get out of Comey is “it’s classified”.
        So what good is the FBI if they can’t reveal the results b/c of partisan politics, and it goes both ways.

  3. Thank you, Gronda … you are so on top of things! I think it is imperative that we demand an independent commission, one that has absolutely NO CONTACT with Trump or his White House staff other than to call on them to answer questions. It is unacceptable for DT & Co to interfere, and they, along with Nunes, have already called into question the integrity of the House investigation. I have contacted my own representative and hope others are doing the same. The White House Circus is making a mockery of our entire federal government and I am SICK of it! Time for us to stand up to the bullies! Thanks again for this! Hugs!

    • Dear Jill,

      I have contacted Paul Ryan’s office and then all the other republicans on the Intelligence committees. My representative is a democrat and so I email her to thank her for pushing for this independent commission. Then I have purchased a stack of postcards that I am forwarding.

      Thanks for contacting your representative. This needs to be a full court press.

      A 3/24/17 Quinnipiac poll shows that 66% of peoples prefer an Independent Commission or an equivalent to investigate DT connections to Russia.

      The House republicans are not representing “We the People.” They are covering up for DT, so they can accomplish some of their wish list.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • I think at this point, there is no other option than an independent commission. I understand the House investigation is ‘on-hold’ indefinitely? And I think Nunes compromised its integrity already. There are … I don’t remember but I believe 4-5 more republicans on the committee than democrats, and Nunes was an advisor to the Trump campaign, so, as you say, they are far from independent. This is turning into yet another 3-ring circus! Hugs!

        • Dear Jill,

          This Rep. Devin Nunes is refusing to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation despite his inappropriate, partisan actions on behalf of DT.

          At this point, an independent investigative commission is like an insurance policy that “we the people” will have what actually happened, shared with us.

          Hugs, Gronda

        • I just read a while ago that Mitch McConnell said the independent commission is ‘not necessary’. Grrrrrrrrr … that man is …. insufferable! Many hugs!

  4. And, this is yet one more shoe to fall on the centipede. There appears to be something rotten in Denmark and we need to get to the bottom of this. Plus, we have Jared Kushner’s issues, in meeting with Russians. I think some rather direct questions need to be asked of this President. One simple one is “where do your loyalties lie?” Another, absent seeing the tax returns, “are you beholden to business leaders within the Russian oligarchy?’

    • Dear Keith,

      I do not have a good feel for Jared Kushner other than he seems sane and reasonable. But I don’t know enough.

      It is in Mr. Kushner’s best interests to step forward and to put his cards on the table.

      Your questions sound great.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • And, Spicer said yesterday, the Russia issue is now closed. Um, no. The FBI is investigating as is Congress. The concern I have over Kushner is the blatant nepotism and the erased lines between Trump business interests. It is painfully clear that this President has as a key goal to further his business interests. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          I am convinced that DT is making policies based on either to benefit his financial interests or to cater to his Alt-right impulses.

          Ciao, Gronda

  5. What could Devin Nunes possibly be afraid of? Surely in the interests of JUSTICE he’d want Ms.Yates to provide any information she has provided it doesn’t breach privilege.Surely given her previous position he’d trust her enough to know what to divulge and what not to. Of course that could be just what he’s afraid of, the truth. Sooner or later it will out.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx
    David

    • Dear David Prosser,

      I am suspecting that he does not have clean hands which explains his nutty behavior. He is acting like a guilty person.

      Ciao, Gronda

  6. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    I am, of late, relying on blogger-friend Gronda for news and insight into the Russian-Trump team connections. Please take a moment to read the latest attempt on the part of the administration to stifle a witness! Thanks, Gronda!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      Again, I am very appreciative for all your support and words of encouragement. And thanks a million for the reblog.

      The WH is in full denial mode which I am not buying.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Most welcome! I want as many people as possible to stay on top of this situation, to write letters and make phone calls! This is critical! I read that Nunes is refusing to step down. In that case, he needs to step up to the plate and do his job and stop running telling Trump every move!!! It’s like the old saying … “Methinks thou dost protest too much” …

    • Dear Roger,

      Unfortunately for DT, as a US president, he cannot tell bureaucrats to act the way he wants, like when he was a CEO of his own business which was not even beholden to shareholders.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Yep!
        That’s the fun part of being a ‘bureaucrat’ you can inadvertently find yourself as a bastion of rights of The People (been there in a few very, very, very minor ways)
        All the best
        Roger

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