Monday, May 8, 2017

What Just Happened?

Maybe he watches CBS.

Sally Yates largely avoided the public spotlight when she served as deputy attorney general during the final two years of the Obama administration.

That all changed — dramatically — in the 10 days she spent as acting attorney general during the infancy of the Trump administration.

The career federal prosecutor from Georgia, a holdover from the Obama Justice Department, was abruptly fired Jan. 30 for refusing to defend the new president’s controversial travel ban in court.


For the first time publicly [on Monday afternoon], Yates is expected to recount to a Senate panel a Jan. 26 meeting in which she alerted White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had lied to administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump's inauguration.


The specter of Yates' testimony was not lost on Trump, who early Monday fired off two tweets distancing the administration from Flynn while suggesting that Yates may have leaked information about her actions related to the former national security adviser.

Here's his earlier morning tweet about Flynn...

It is not immediately clear how much new information Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also is scheduled to testify Monday, will be able provide. Both witnesses are likely to be constrained by the classified nature of the information surrounding the events they were privy to.

Then why use the term "bombshells"?

This article quotes Trump's tweet as having used the word "council" instead of "counsel".  He must have gotten word pretty quickly that he used the wrong word, as now it reads "W.H. Counsel."

To quote another character from a world turned upside down, "People come and go so quickly around here."  I had already forgotten about Sally Yates.

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