Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates Anadolu Agency—Getty Images
The White House sought to block former deputy attorney general Sally Yates from testifying before Congress in the House investigation of ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials.
The Justice Department informed Yates last week that the Trump Administration wanted to bar her possible testimony because it considers the topic “likely covered by the presidential communications privilege and possibly the deliberative process privilege,” according to letters obtained by the Washington Post.
Yates was set to testify along with other former intelligence officials before the House Intelligence Committee in a hearing scheduled for Tuesday that was abruptly canceled by chairman Rep. Devin Nunes. Yates, an Obama appointee who served as acting attorney general during the start of Trump’s presidency, was fired by the President in January after ordering Justice Department lawyers not to defend his initial…
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