The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus ripped former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates for downplaying her role in the FBI’s unprecedented counterintelligence probe into then-GOP nominee Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), who’s also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, panned Yates’ selective memory, adding that she was elusive with many of her responses because “she’s been caught.”
After Dobbs remarked that some senators believe that Yates only remembered “what seems to be convenient,” Biggs agreed, noting that “she’s gonna protect herself.”
“And, actually, I think she’s trying to protest President Obama,” Biggs continued.
The Arizona Republican noted that Yates attended a Jan. 5, 2017 meeting in the Oval Office with Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and others where they discussed the ongoing “Crossfire Hurricane” probe, the name assigned to the so-called ‘Russian collusion’ investigation.
Biggs panned Yates’ claim that it was Comey, not Biden, who suggested that incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had violated the 18th-century Logan Act for having a brief phone conversation with a foreign diplomat, a typical act for an incoming administration.
According to notes taken by then-FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok during the meeting, not only was Obama well aware of the ‘Spygate’ probe, but it was Biden, not Comey, who bought up the Logan Act.
“All of this stuff is so convenient, and now, oh yeah, now I wouldn’t sign that FISA application to spy on [former Trump campaign adviser] Carter Page,” Biggs continued.
“The reason she wouldn’t sign it now is because she’s been caught,” he added. “She signed this application to spy on the Trump campaign and on the Trump administration” to “be a thorn” in the president’s side.
Dobbs then indicated that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was too deferential to Yates. During Wednesday’s hearing, Graham told Yates he believes she was not aware of all the details surrounding the FBI’s probe.
“There’s decorum and then there’s allowing some things to do, kind of swept under the rug,” the Arizona lawmaker said. “I felt like Sally Yates should be put on the spot. She was the deputy assistant attorney general. She was the one who signed these documents. She was the one who was there from the get-go with Obama and with Biden, and with Comey.
“I just felt like she should have been pressed harder by some members, perhaps by the chairman himself,” Biggs continued, adding that he believes Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) effectively pressed Yates.
“And they needed to. She needs to come clean. And she didn’t come clean…in my opinion,” he added.
Biggs also noted that Yates “threw Comey under the bus” while blaming the FBI for falsifying information on the FISA court applications. He also chastised her for saying she never bothered to fact-check the applications for accuracy.
“She had some duties that she abrogated on the FISA applications,” the Freedom Caucus chair said, noting that she held over into the Trump administration while the FBI and Justice Department were coming after Flynn.
“She’s gotta own that stuff, but she’s trying not to own it,” Biggs said.
On Thursday, President Trump also blasted Yates, saying that she is “either lying” or was “grossly incompetent” for her lack of knowledge regarding “the political Crime of the Century.”
“Sally Yates is either lying or grossly incompetent. It is not possible she could have known so little about Dirty Cop James Comey (and others) from her high position in the Department of ‘Justice’. The political Crime of the Century, and she had no idea what they were doing?” he tweeted.
Sally Yates is either lying or grossly incompetent. It is not possible she could have known so little about Dirty Cop James Comey (and others) from her high position in the Department of “Justice”. The political Crime of the Century, and she had no idea what they were doing?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2020
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years’ worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.