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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Top Obama Officials To Testify On Russian Election Interference


The scandal over Russian meddling in last year’s US presidential election returns to the forefront of Washington politics after weeks of quiet on Monday, when two top officials from the Obama administration are set to testify in Congress.

Sally Yates — acting attorney general in the Trump administration for 10 days before being fired — could bring new pressure on the White House over what it knew about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s communications with Russian officials.

Obama’s director of national intelligence James Clapper is also set to testify, after repeatedly
warning of the need to get to the bottom of how the Russians interfered in the election, and whether anyone on President Donald Trump’s team colluded with Moscow.


The case simmered for weeks as attention focused on what keynote legislation the president could push through in his first 100 days, a milestone reached last week.

Congressional investigations into Russian meddling have also been held up by infighting between Democrats and Republicans over how aggressively to pursue a matter that continues to cast a cloud over Trump’s election win.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which also is investigating Russia’s role in the election, said she is eager to hear Yates’s testimony.

“Sally Yates is very much respected. She’s a professional. She’s not a politician. She’s spent a lot of time in the department,” Feinstein told NBC News’s “Meet the Press” program.

“She apparently has some information as to who knew what when that she is willing to share — and that would be what she knew about Michael Flynn’s connections to Russia,” said Feinstein.

- AFP

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