Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Republicans Just Spent The Entire Yates Hearing Covering For Trump

Republicans Just Spent The Entire Yates Hearing Covering For Trump

The name the U.S Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has given to its inquiry into the Kremlin’s operation to undermine the 2016 presidential election is the investigation into “Russian Intelligence Activities.”

Curious, then, that Republican senators on the committee seemed little interested in Russian intelligence activities in today’s hearings, instead using almost all of their time attacking American intelligence community activities. GOP senator after GOP senator took their turn at the mic and failed to ask the witnesses, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of the CIA James Clapper, about Russia.

No questions asking the witnesses to clarity Michael Flynn’s undisclosed contacts with Russian officials. No inquiries into White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon’s role at Breitbart and a data analytics agency that were both conduits, allegedly, for a Russian ‘bot’ attack that spread fake news on social media. Not a single GOP senator asked Ms. Yates to explain what she told the Trump administration about Michael Flynn, and when. Only Democratic Senators seemed at all interested in getting to the bottom of the committee’s titular focus of “Russian Intelligence activities.”



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