Why the hell didn’t Sally Yates testify at today’s Trump-Russia hearings as expected?

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All along, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was expected to testify during the House Intelligence Committee public hearings on Donald Trump and Russia on March 20th. The Chair of the committee said so. CNN confirmed as much. Her name even appeared at one point on the committee’s official site. And yet today’s hearings only included James Comey and Mike Rogers. So what the hell happened?

When the House Intel Committee hearings were announced, CNN reported that committee chair Devin Nunes had “invited FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, as well as former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify.”

Further, a Google search reveals that the name “Sally Yates” did at one point appear on the House Intel Committee’s page for “Open Hearing on Russian Active Measures Investigation” scheduled for March 20th. This means that Yates was more than merely invited, and at one point was listed on the roster:

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So we weren’t just imagining it. Sally Yates really was supposed to testify today. But as of now, that same page on the House Intel Committee website only lists Comey and Rogers as witnesses. There are no additional Russia-related public hearings listed on the House Intel Committee website. We’ve reached out to the committee, as well as to the offices of committee principals Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff, to inquire as to why Sally Yates ultimately did not testify today — and whether or not it will happen later.

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