All along it’s seemed evident that the Senate Intelligence Committee is the only committee in either house of Congress in which a majority of members are serious about getting to the bottom of Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. It’s largely seemed as if the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee want to do just enough to not be accused of sitting on their hands, as its Senate counterpart does the heavy lifting. But House Intel did something surprising when it signed off on a star witness for this Monday: Sally Yates.
Yates, the former acting Attorney General who was fired by Donald Trump earlier this year, is one of a handful of witnesses who are scheduled to testify in the first day of public hearings being held by the House Intel Committee on Trump-Russia. Smart money says it was the Democrats on the committee who insisted on her inclusion. But nonetheless, the Republican majority signed off on it.
This means that the Democrats can use their allotted time to allow Sally Yates to publicly spell out the sequence of events behind closed doors that led to her firing. It initially appeared that Trump had fired her due to their differences over his Muslim ban, which was later struck by federal appeals court. But it was subsequently revealed that Yates tried to warn Trump that his National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was compromised over Russia. Just a few days later, Trump used the Muslim ban as an excuse to fire Yates, while doing nothing about Flynn until after his Russian collusion leaked to the media.
Because these hearings are public, the television cameras will be rolling, and Sally Yates will indeed get an opportunity for a measure of revenge by helping expose Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. And the fascinating part is that there will be nothing Trump can do about it, other than to jump on Twitter and whine about Yates as she exposes how he refused to act on the knowledge that Michael Flynn was dirty. Be sure to mark the March 20th hearings on your calendar. Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report