Sally Yates Testimony: Trump’s administration is reportedly planning to damage former deputy attorney General – Sally Yates’ reputation ahead of a her testimony today.
Sally Yates is to be interview before a Senate subcommittee on President Trump’s presidential campaign’s ties to Russia.
Also testifying is the Director of National Intelligence in Barack Obama’s Administration – James Clapper.
Ms Yates will give evidence about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Trump’s administration planned on labeling Ms Yates a “Democratic operative” intent on sabotaging Mr Trump, who was willing to twist facts, Independent news website has reported.
Distancing the President from his former National Security Advisor Lt Gen Michael Flynn and depicting him as solely to blame for the scandal, was also part of the strategy.
Flynn’s premature resignation came less than a month in office, December when it emerged that he had met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak to talk about the possibility of removing US sanctions after Mr Trump came to power and then misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations.
Ms Yates is expected to tell senators that on 26 January, when she was still acting Attorney General, she warned the White House Counsel Don McGahn about General Flynn’s conversations. [ Sally Yates testimony ]
Congressional committees began their investigations after US intelligence agencies concluded that hackers targeting the Democratic Party could be traced back to Russia.
In July, on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Wikileaks published 20,000 internal emails stolen by the hackers.
US intelligence officials said they believed with “high confidence” that Russia was behind the operation, but the Trump campaign publicly refused to accept the findings. Moscow has also denied the allegations.
This public hearing will be the first of its kind having a testimony by Obama administration.