Ex-Obama administration officials to testify in Trump-Russia probe

by Itunuoluwa Adebo

Two officials from former President Obama’s administration will testify, Monday in a Senate investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and collaborations between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, under Obama, and Sally Yates, who was Deputy Attorney General, will testify to the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism, the first public testimony by former officials from the Democratic administration in one of congressional probes on Russia.

Congressional committees began investigating after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacking of Democratic political groups to discredit the election and sway the voting toward Republican Trump, who won an upset victory in November.

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Moscow denied any such meddling  and Trump also has dismissed the allegations, suggesting instead that Obama might have wiretapped his Trump Tower in New York or that China may have been behind the cyber attacks. No evidence has been found to support either allegation. The hearing will be the first testimony by Obama administration officials who have left government.

Yates is expected to tell the senators that on Jan. 26, when she was acting Attorney General, she had warned White House Counsel Don McGahn that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had not told the truth about conversations he had with Sergei Kislyak, Moscow’s Ambassador to Washington, about U.S. economic sanctions on Russia. Flynn resigned after less than a month in office.

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Susan Rice, who was Obama’s national security adviser, declined an invitation to testify because it had come only from the Republican Grahamand not Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, the subcommittee’s ranking Democrat. Her refusal got a rising out of the President and he tweeted

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