Cover-up: House GOP shuts down Yates’ Russia testimony

House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes appears to have shut down today’s Russia hearing in order to censor the testimony of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

Yates, you’ll recall, notified the Trump White House in January that ex- Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was lying about a secret conversation he had with the Russian ambassador. It took the White House weeks before they finally fired Flynn, ostensibly for the lie.

According to NBC News, Yates notified Congress on Friday that she planned to testify about Flynn and Russia. Within hours, committee chair Nunes canceled the entire hearing.

Devin Nunes

Devin Nunes

It now seems clear that Nunes canceled the hearing on behalf of Trump. The ranking Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, noted today, suggests that Trump didn’t want to assert executive privilege, lest it look like he had something to hide, so he had Nunes cancel the hearing entirely. As Yates wasn’t the only person testifying, the White House and Nunes hoped that no one would figure out why it was canceled.

The Washington Post has more. Yates and former CIA director John Brennan had planned to offer testimony contradicting assertions made by the Trump administration:

Yates and another witness at the planned hearing, former CIA director John Brennan, had made clear to government officials by Thursday that their testimony to the committee probably would contradict some statements that White House officials had made, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The following day, when Yates’s lawyer sent a letter to the White House indicating that she still wanted to testify, the hearing was canceled.

As Democratic House member Eric Swalwell said on Morning Joe this morning, this is what a cover-up to a crime looks like:

Nunes clearly thinks he’s doing Trump a favor. And in the short-term, he probably is. But by covering up Yates’ (and Brennan’s) testimonies, Nunes is only furthering the scent of scandal permeating the entire Trump White House.

Nunes is already in hot water for his bizarre claim last week, since partly retracted, that he’d seen evidence that Trump and his staff were wiretapped. We then found out the next day that Nunes may have only seen evidence that foreign nationals were recorded talking about Trump and his staff. But even that evidence still has not been show to Nunes’ fellow members of the House or Senate Intelligence committees, lending credence to the theory that Nunes simply made the entire thing up, again at the behest of Donald Trump.

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  • Zorba

    No, he’s not.
    But a whole lot of them aren’t.

  • Butch1

    That would make more sense. This is what he’s claimed.

  • Butch1

    Not very bright is he.

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  • Nicholas A Kocal

    So when these witnesses testify in front of the Senate committee, you will get that much more media coverage. Another “smart” move by the treason party.

  • Zorba

    I still wonder if he has stuff hidden in offshore accounts.
    At any rate, as I said, my kids have more than that socked away, and they make a lot less than he does.
    But they have been saving money since they were in middle school. Fortunately, they didn’t have any college debt, since they both got scholarships, worked, and we were able to help them out.

  • woodroad34

    He makes $174,000 per year and can only save $51,000? This is why republicans are not the experts on economic policies that the public thinks they are.

  • woodroad34

    Tucker Carlson made the most ignorant statement. In reference to some Democratic state representative, who allegedly warned certain groups of ICE raids, He queried: “What if Republicans behaved like Democrats”. Perhaps he should talk to Nunez.

  • Badgerite

    Yeah, I wondered about that myself. Congress critters make a fair piece of change. What the hell does he do with it.

  • Zorba

    His net worth is (supposedly) only $51,000? Most of which is tied up in that winery?
    Sh!t, both of my kids, who are under 40 years old (and younger than Nunes), have a net worth at least that much or more.
    Does he know how to invest? I’m betting he has some hidden money somewhere else.
    Yes, yes, I know that he started out from a farming family. But so did my kids.

  • Badgerite
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