Do Not F*ck with Sally Yates

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The former acting attorney general is one hell of a poker player:

Here's a tip for you youngsters of the gaming persuasion. If a woman sits down at your table and tells you she's a lawyer who likes to relax with a little poker, and introduces herself as Sally Yates, run like hell and don't stop until you get to the Arctic Circle. It seems that the administration tried to block Ms. Yates from testifying to the House Intelligence Committee about what she knows concerning contact between departed White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and various Russian entities.

Ms. Yates, you will recall, was dismissed from her position as acting Attorney General for refusing to enforce the president*'s unconstitutional Muslim ban. From The Washington Post:

According to letters The Post reviewed, the Justice Department notified Yates earlier this month that the administration considers a great deal of her possible testimony to be barred from discussion in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege. Yates and other former intelligence officials had been asked to testify before the House Intelligence Committee this week, a hearing that was abruptly canceled by the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Yates was the deputy attorney general in the final years of the Obama administration, and served as the acting attorney general in the first days of the Trump administration.

Again, as I say, I'm no lawyer, although I occasionally perform the services of one here in the shebeen, but it seems to me that the administration at least has a little ground to stand on regarding executive privilege. Certainly, it seems to have enough to haul the whole matter into court to delay Yates' testimony.

You can read the rest at Esquire.

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