Barely a week ago, various reports were leaking out that the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee had grown dissatisfied with Republican Chairman Richard Burr’s handling of the committee’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. The resulting pushback against Burr from the public looks to have worked, as the entire committee took a major step forward today.
The entire membership of the Senate Intel Committee chartered a bus and headed down to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia today for a Trump-Russia briefing. CNN spotted them boarding the bus and tried to inquire further, prompting Burr to ask if it was a “slow news day” (link). The briefing was almost surely classified, and the Senators couldn’t have commented on its nature even if they’d wanted to. But it shows that, whatever all that noise was a week ago, the committee’s investigation is properly moving ahead. And this is not the only committee gaining steam on Trump-Russia.
The House Intelligence Committee, whose Trump-Russia investigation was indeed in tatters after Republican Chairman Devin Nunes tried to sabotage it on Trump’s behalf, now looks to be back on track since Nunes was forced to step away. House Intel will be holding closed hearings with FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers this Thursday, May 4th (Newsweek), after having previously suggested the hearings would take place on May 2nd. House Intel has also announced that it will be holding public hearings with Sally Yates and other witnesses once it concludes with Comey and Rogers. But Yates won’t have to wait that long.
As Palmer Report reported last night (link), Sally Yates is set to publicly testify on May 8th before the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her testimony will be streamed live on the committee’s website, and will probably air live on cable news as well. Help fund Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report