Sally Yates, James Clapper testify on Russian 2016 election meddling — live updates


Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will testify before the Senate Judiciary’s subcommittee on crime and terrorism Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET.

This marks the first time Yates will be testifying before Congress on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and will likely be asked about President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn. Yates was fired by the Trump administration in January after she refused to defend President Trump’s travel ban in court.

She was originally scheduled to testify in March after she asked the Justice Department if she could do so, but the White House was later accused of blocking her testimony.

Her remarks Monday could be key in learning the details of former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn’s conduct during the Trump transition. Yates had informed the Justice Department that she wanted to testify about the non-classified information related to her concerns “about the conduct of a senior official,” who is believed to be Flynn.

The subcommittee is chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and its ranking member is Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, R-Rhode Island. 

See below for live updates.

4:12 p.m. During an exchange with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, Yates said that the Department of Justice wasn’t consulted on the initial travel ban imposed by the Trump administration. She said she wasn’t informed about it by the administration, but instead learned about it “through media reports.” 

4:07 p.m. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked Clapper if he had forwarded classified information to a non-government individual who wasn’t authorized to see that information. 

“Not to my recollection. No, sir,” he said. 

Yates said that she’s not aware of any intercepted communications of the Trump campaign or any other 2016 presidential campaigns.

3:50 p.m. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is now asking Yates why she refused to defend the president’s…

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