Sally Yates was Brilliant, Admirable, and Honest—but Will it Make a Difference

by Mark Sumner – After having originally being scheduled to speak in March, before Devin Nunes led the House Intelligence Committee down in flames, Sally Yates finally got the chance to appear before the public in a Senate hearing on Tuesday afternoon. Yates delivered a level of calm precision usually limited to surgical instruments as she laid out, step by step, the warnings she delivered to White House counsel Don McGahn concerning Michael Flynn. With Democrats providing on-topic questions, it became obvious that far from the casual “heads up” on the matter that the Trump regime had indicated, Yates and the Justice Department had provided a thorough and extensive briefing both on then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s activities regarding Russia and the conflict between what Flynn had actually done and what was being said in public. In fact, the biggest actual news delivered during the testimony was the extent of Yates’...

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Comey Claims that Clinton Emails and Trump–Russia were Treated ‘just the same’

by Mark Sumner – In a public hearing Wednesday morning, Senator Dianne Feinstein confronted FBI Director James Comey over his decision to issue a letter that ‘almost certainly’ changed the outcome of the election. Comey claimed that while the FBI had not read any emails on the laptop belonging to Andrew Weiner, they had looked at metadata which indicated that the laptop contained “thousands” of emails forwarded from Hillary Clinton, including early emails that originated from Clinton’s blackberry, which were not found on her private server. Comey claimed that the agents that approached him concerning the emails assured him that examining the emails could not be completed before the election. This, said Comey, left him in a position where “taking no action” was not possible. Instead, he could only “speak or conceal.” That, according to Comey, left him with no choice but to issue a letter to the Senate committee just...

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