Trump admin wanted to curtail former AG’s Russia testimony, lawyer alleges

The Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee postponed a hearing featuring former acting Attorney General Sally Yates after her lawyer advised the Trump administration that she was planning to testify about internal discussions about Donald Trump‘s former national security adviser, Mike Flynn, and his communications with a Russian diplomat, ABC News has learned.

Any claim that those internal discussions are still confidential “has been waived as a result of the multiple public comments of current senior White House officials,” David O’Neil, an attorney for Yates, wrote in a letter to the White House on Friday — the same day that Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced that his committee, which has been investigating Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, would no longer hear planned testimony this week from Yates, former CIA Director John Brennan or former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

The White House has denied taking any action to prevent that testimony.

“I hope she testifies. I look forward to it,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said today. “We had no objection to her going forward … To suggest in any way, shape or form that we stood in the way of that is 100 percent false.”

Flynn resigned from the Trump administration last month after acknowledging that he gave “incomplete information” to Vice President Mike Pence and others about multiple calls with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the days before Trump took office.

Pence repeated the false information when asked about the situation in January, prompting Yates to inform the White House that Flynn may have misled Pence and other senior officials about his communications with Kislyak.

In her testimony slated for today, Yates was expected to offer a firsthand account of her discussions with the White House in January.

On Thursday, O’Neil met with attorneys at the Justice Department to discuss — among other things —…

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