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LIVE: Sally Yates Speaks Publicly for First Time About Michael Flynn

The former acting attorney general and the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, will testify about the ongoing Russia probe at 2:30 PM EST.

by VICE Staff
May 8 2017, 6:20pm

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on crime and terrorism will hold a hearing on Russia's interference with the US election at 2:30 PM. Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, and James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, are set to testify, the New York Times reports.

"On Monday, Senator Graham and I will hear from federal officials who can speak to the hard facts of Russia's meddling in our election," Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, one of the senators leading the hearing, said in a statement. "We will pose a range of questions about the tools Russia used, which we learned about in our first hearing, and help to establish for the American people what happened and how to guard against it moving forward."

Yates—who was dismissed from her job in January after refusing to back President Trump's immigration ban—is expected to explain why she decided to warn the White House about former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his phone calls to the Russian ambassador. Apparently even Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn less than 48 hours after he was elected, NBC reports.

According to CNN, Yates's version of events may contradict the story the administration gave after Flynn stepped down in February. Although she won't be able to address certain details because a lot of information surrounding Flynn is classified, Monday will be the first time Yates will speak publicly about the incident.

Additionally, senators will likely ask Clapper about his comments concerning Trump's wiretapping claims. After the president accused Obama's administration of tapping his phones at Trump Tower during the election, Clapper went on NBC's Meet the Press to refute those claims.

"There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign," Clapper said.

Yet, despite Clapper's claims, in April the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department did obtain a wiretapping warrant for Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser on the Trump campaign, following concerns he might be working as a Russian agent. The warrant, issued last summer, only targeted Page after he had stopped working for the Trump campaign.

You can catch the hearing at 2:30 PM EST via the livestream above.