WASHINGTON TIMES - Aug 5, 2020 -
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates told senators Wednesday that James B. Comey went rogue as FBI director in January 2017 when he dispatched agents to interview Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser at the time, without her authorization.
Ms. Yates, who was the No. 2 official at the Justice Department in the early stages of the Trump-Russia collusion probe, said she neither authorized nor knew ahead of time about the FBI interview with Flynn.
“Did Comey go rogue?” asked Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and Judiciary Committee chairman.
“You could use that term, yes,” replied Ms. Yates, who testified at a hearing for the committee’s probe of the FBI’s search for collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to rig the 2016 election.
The testimony from Ms. Yates painted Mr. Comey as acting unilaterally and is likely to increase calls by Senate Republicans that he explain himself before the Judiciary Committee. It also shielded former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, the likely Democratic nominee for president, from accusations of wrongdoing. Republicans sought to connect Mr. Biden to the Trump-Russia collusion probe.