DOJ Tries to Block Yates Testimony on Russia

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The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying in the House investigation of possible links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s campaign, the Washington Post reports. The effort to keep Yates from testifying has further angered Democrats, who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry. DOJ notified Yates this month that the administration considers her possible testimony — including on the ouster of former national security adviser Michael Flynn for his contacts with the Russian ambassador — to be off-limits in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by attorney-client privilege or the presidential communication privilege.

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