What Sally Yates Said About Comey Was the Only Silver Lining Today...That's Not Saying Much

Posted: Aug 05, 2020 2:10 PM
What Sally Yates Said About Comey Was the Only Silver Lining Today...That's Not Saying Much

Source: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Okay, Sally Yates really deployed countermeasures in today’s hearing over Obamagate, but if there was a silver lining, for lack of a better term, it was her sharp criticism of ex-FBI Director James Comey’s pursuit of Michael Flynn. Yates said that Comey went “rogue” going after the former official. Flynn was roped into the Russian collusion delusion over phone calls he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, which were run-of-the-mill communications that occur with a new, incoming administration. Even Comey admitted that the calls appeared “legit.” Still, Comey and McCabe were going to get Flynn—no matter what. And it’s not just conservatives saying that. Obama gave his marching orders regarding Flynn in that infamous January 5, 2017, meeting, where former Vice President Joe Biden suggested using the Logan Act to go after Flynn. Yates was also at that meeting, which was grounded in Obama thinking of ways to protect the FBI’s Russian investigation from being hampered.

“Get the right people on it,” said Obama.

The FBI interviewed Flynn, even though there was no evidence to suggest that even such a meeting should take place. There was no evidence of Russian collusion. There was no evidence that Flynn was a Russian agent. The agents who interviewed Flynn felt like he didn’t lie to them. Yates said in today’s hearing that Comey went “rogue” going after Flynn (via Fox News):

"I was upset that Director Comey didn't coordinate that with us and acted unilaterally," Yates said.

"Did Comey go rogue?" Graham asked.

"You could use that term, yes," Yates agreed.

Yates said she also took issue with Comey for not telling her that Flynn's communications with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were being investigated and that she first learned about this from President Barack Obama during an Oval Office meeting. Yates said she was "irritated" with Comey for not telling her about this earlier.

That meeting, which took place on Jan. 5, 2017, was of great interest to Graham, who wanted to know why Obama knew about Flynn's conversations before she did. Graham and other Republicans have speculated that Obama wanted Flynn investigated for nefarious purposes. Yates claimed that this was not the case, and explained why Obama was aware of the calls at the time.

Yet, she still supported the prosecution of Flynn and said the DOJ under Attorney General William Barr filing a motion to dismiss the criminal charges was “highly irregular.” No doubt Comey went rogue. This isn’t the first time. He did send memos on the meeting he had with President Trump to a friend with the intention of being leaked to the press in order to get a special counsel appointed. That happened. And that special counsel investigation has issues of its own, not the least being that it was set up to provide a polish on the FBI’s overreaching and overall disastrous counterintelligence probe into collusion that ultimately found nothing. The special counsel probe were the ones who did put the screws to Flynn, rehashed the Logan Act nonsense, and forced the former general to plead guilty upon threat of financial ruin. Still, there is no case. A DOJ memo that was recently released shows that six days after the FBI interviewed Flynn in January of 2017, there was nothing to the allegations that he was a Kremlin pawn. The DOJ had all but cleared Flynn on the Russian agent nonsense. This memo was kept hidden for years. Why? Who ordered it to be deep-sixed? 

Yates is no angel in all of this; she’s the resister-in-chief, to be frank. But yes, a broken clock is right twice a day with regards to Comey’s actions with Flynn. That’s about it though. Today’s hearing did next to nothing to exonerate the Obama DOJ of gross bias and incompetence, especially with the other victim of this collusion delusion, Carter Page.