Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she was angry when she learned that former FBI Director James Comey had ordered incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn to be interviewed by investigators in 2017.
The interview, Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, was done without her authorization.
“I was upset that Director Comey didn’t coordinate that with us and acted unilaterally,” Yates said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican and chairman of the committee, asked Yates, “Did Comey go rogue?”
“You could use that term, yes,” Yates responded.
Comey has come under intense scrutiny from congressional Republicans for his role in Operation Crossfire Hurricane, a federal counterintelligence probe that is believed to have led to the opening of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Documents unsealed by a federal judge earlier this year show that FBI investigators pressed on with an inquiry into Flynn despite a documented lack of evidence that he had committed a crime.
Graham, Rep. Devin Nunes, and other allies of Trump on Capitol Hill have pointed to the revelations as evidence of a “deep state” ploy to undermine Trump before and after he was elected.
Yates told the committee Wednesday she first learned of Flynn’s grilling by FBI investigators from former President Barack Obama.
Trump has accused Obama of ordering spying and other illegal acts on his campaign and his close associates.
“The purpose of this meeting was for the president to find out whether, based on the calls between Ambassador Kislyak and Gen. Flynn, the transition team needed to be careful about what it was sharing with Gen. Flynn,” Yates said.
Author: Dominick Mastrangelo
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘Acted unilaterally’: Sally Yates confirms that Comey went ‘rogue’ with investigation into Flynn