The Senate has confirmed that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates will testify next month in the investigation on Russia’s meddling during the 2016 election.
Yates will appear on Capitol Hill on May 8, where she will speak at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee’ Crime and Terrorism subcommittee. She will be joined by James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, and John Brennan, former CIA Director.
Yates’ testimony has been a subject of intrigue ever since Donald Trump fired her in January when she refused legally defend the president’s travel ban executive orders in court. Yates was supposed to talk with the House Intelligence Committee last month, but committee chairman Devin Nunes cancelled the meeting where she intended to discuss Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn‘s connection with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Nunes has since recused himself from the investigation.
Previous reports suggested the Trump Administration didn’t want Yates to speak, and was considering ways to use executive privilege to restrict her testimony. Press Secretary Sean Spicer reacted to these allegations by saying they were “100 percent false” and that the White House wouldn’t have a problem with Yates speaking before the committee.
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