Former Acting AG Sally Yates Testifies on Russia Investigation: Lies & Obfuscation...

Former Acting AG Sally Yates Testifies on Russia Investigation: Lies & Obfuscation…

August 5, 2020 – Former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates testified today before the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Sen. Lindsay Graham. Patching in remotely from an undisclosed location, most likely her home, Ms. Yates decided to use her time in front of the Committee not to be truthful but instead to lie and obfuscate. Unfortunately, there were intermittent sound issues, so hearing her clearly throughout the hearing was impeded by serious echoing and feedback. At times, it appeared to be a bad connection. It was difficult to listen to some of the inconsistencies and the lack of scrutiny or follow up from the Senate Republicans.

One of the things that did happen was a contradiction in her testimony today versus her previous testimony.

The question here should have been, was the Trump Administration allowed to implement its own foreign policy? General Flynn was doing his job. He is a three-star general who served his country with distinction for over three decades. He had hired Covington & Burling, LLP to file his FARA applications and he briefed the DIA on all his trips and meetings with foreigners before and after his visits. Strictly by the book.

This is another interesting point to make. The leaks claim that they discussed sanctions, but it was clear from the transcripts that was not the substance of the call. When put into context, it appears General Flynn was simply trying to prevent an disproportionate response.

Here are some clips of interest from today.

Yates made contradictory statements, for what purpose? She said she reviewed everything in the FISA applications, but claimed there could be some parts she didn’t see. The appearance suggests they designed this way for legal purposes. Was she coached? As an attorney, we know she is well aware of the law and understands liability and negligence.

Again, her responses here are carefully crafted, to avoid any potential liability on her part.

There was very little push back from Chairman Graham on this point.

She appears to be referring to politically expedient and self-serving leaks that were made to the press, which subsequently proved to be lies.

I have to say I disagree with the way Graham frames this. Of course the Russians attempt to interfere. They do that every election season, as do China and others. However, what is not discussed is the fact that this influence goes both ways. The Russians heavily promoted Black Lives Matter in 2016. Why isn’t anyone calling that interference? The accepted procedures are applied arbitrarily which is part of the issue here. Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and his brother Tony had multiple foreign contacts, not to mention blackmail potential, but there was no FBI “counter intelligence” investigation into that.

It seems Sally Yates is now attempting to distance herself from discussions on the Logan Act.

At the very least, Republicans need to force the answer to this question: “Are you, or are you not, invoking your Fifth Amendment protection?” She needs to be held to answer that.

This is extremely important, and we still have yet to see the original 302, but notes from agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka appear to show they did not believe General Flynn was lying.

Right after this, Senator Richard “Stolen Valor” Blumenthal assisted Ms. Yates by asking her a leading question regarding her “misstatement” on Papadopolous, as if he knew this would be something that could come back to bite her. She claimed he was a Russian agent, though he was not.

Unfortunately, I have grave concerns anything will be done about this clearly political spying and persecution.

Some senators chose to use their time to grandstand and make sweeping political statements clearly riddled with inaccuracies and lies.

Will anything be done about the brazen lies?

The issue is, we are now three years after the fact. It doesn’t help when this corruption has not been dealt with or fixed.

Senator Ted Cruz asked if other campaigns of Obama’s political enemies were spied on in 2016, specifically his own campaign. We have seen circumstantial evidence of spying not only on the Cruz campaign, but the Marco Rubio and Ben Carson campaigns as well. Ms. Yates went on to claim she was not aware of any of that activity taking place.

Even President Trump weighed in on today’s testimony by Yates, tweeting “Sally Yates has zero credibility. She was a part of the greatest political crime of the Century, and ObamaBiden knew EVERYTHING! Sally Yates leaked the General Flynn conversation? Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game!” 

POTUS is absolutely correct here to go after the Republicans and their cowardice. Their inability and/or unwillingness to defend their core principles, the authority of the Executive and the policies the public voted on, is arguably the reason the country is in the horrific state it is in today. Edmund Burke advised, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Republicans have done just that for decades as this nation has been undermined from within. Nothing.

This statement is one hundred percent factual and true. The Political Crime of the Century was enacted upon not just the Trump campaign, but businessmen and others.

It’s not just main Justice that is deflecting here. The entire “Republican” investigation into Spygate stinks. Three of these committees have won subpoena power and constantly self-promoted the process in the press. Loudly citing all the names of people they would call, in fact they have called only two people thus far: Rosenstein and Yates.

There’s another inconsistency Graham ignores. The Republicans and GOP continue to disrespect their own voters and the Nation.

Again, if this were a serious investigation, how could this be ignored?

Sally Yates lied about General Flynn and his intentions regarding foreign policy of the incoming Trump Administration.

An important point needs to be considered here. Self-serving leaks to the media, followed by subsequent articles based on these leaks were used to provide a layer of “legitimacy” in order to get a warrant. Those facts are highly disturbing. It would mean that the media is able to work with the U.S. intel community in a symbiotic relationship to start investigations into mutual political enemies. This is precisely why we have restraints like due process.

Indeed, Dinesh D’Souza has experienced this arbitrary and two-tiered system of “justice” first hand when he was targeted over political donations. The Obama IRS had been weaponized, but only to go after conservatives. The same Obama operatives routinely ignored the foundation and charity fraud of many Democrats.

While Yates was lying before a Senate Committee, General Flynn was publishing this incredible letter to America underscoring the same problems I have outlined here as well.

Sadly, I believe Emerald Robinson from Newsmax has the correct take on today’s show trial. The Democrats used hearing to obfuscate, lie and grandstand, while the Republicans use it for campaigning and “hot takes” that they can share on social media to pretend they are really doing something to fight for the people.

While Lindsay Graham did briefly mention the Durham investigation, which has now morphed into a criminal investigation, I am starting to have my doubts even on that. You see, the longer someone gets away with a crime, the longer they have to coordinate their stories, get their scripted talking points down, and find fall guys. I have seen this kind of thing happen before. The FBI, CIA and DOJ have had all the time they need to destroy and bury evidence.

In my opinion, justice delayed is justice denied, and I can’t help but wonder … from what exactly are we being distracted?

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