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All major broadcast news networks ignored a stunning statement by former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on Wednesday in which she implied that fired FBI Director James Comey went “rogue” in an attempt to entangle the incoming Trump administration in scandal.
Yates appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about her role in “Crossfire Hurricane,” the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into alleged ‘collusion’ between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia, an operation some critics have said was fabricated by the Obama administration to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
Under questioning from committee chair Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Yates suggested that Comey’s actions were both improper and self-centered.
“You did not authorize the interview. You wanted to go to the White House and tell them about the problem, didn’t you?” Graham asked, in reference to the FBI’s questioning of incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a day after the bureau had determined he hadn’t done anything improper in having a conversation the previous month with Russia’s U.S. ambassador.
“That’s right,” Yates responded. “I thought that was the more immediate issue.”
“When you heard about the interview, you got upset, didn’t you?” Graham pressed.
“I was upset Director Comey acted unilaterally,” she answered.
“Did Comey go rogue?” the South Carolina Republican asked point-blank.
“You could use that term, yes.”
The remarkable suggestion — that a sitting FBI director would voluntarily engage in improper conduct to ensnare an incoming administration — was given a pass by most major news networks, however.
According to the Media Research Center, ABC’s “World News Tonight,” NBC’s “Nightly News” and “CBS Evening News” all passed on reporting it.
An MRC news analyst, Nicholas Fondacaro, said the networks’ failure to cover the statement was “another example of the broadcast networks covering up the degree of corruption in the Russia investigation.”
“Instead of reporting on Yates’ shocking testimony, all three networks boasted how former Vice President Joe Biden decided to give his convention speech from the safety of his basement in Delaware,” Fondacaro noted further in a post at the MRC site.
The networks also “blacked out how Comey conceded the FBI had deceived the FISA courts with their warrant applications” during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace in 2019.
Earlier, Graham questioned Yates over key aspects of her role in both signing off on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court application for the FBI to continue spying on onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as well as a Jan. 5, 2017 meeting she attended in the Oval Office to discuss Flynn.
“Does it bother you that the FISA court rebuked the Department of Justice and the FBI regarding the Carter Page warrant application?” Graham asked.
The former deputy attorney general said that agencies have a “duty of candor” when approaching the FISA court for surveillance warrants.
The South Carolina chairman then blasted the so-called “Steele dossier” — reportedly a central piece of evidence used by the FBI to secure the Page warrants — as “garbage,” asking Yates if she would have signed off on an application had she known that.
“I would not sign anything I knew to contain errors or omissions,” she responded.
Yates also claimed that Comey, not then-Vice President Joe Biden, mentioned the “Logan Act” in response to Flynn’s conversation with a Russian diplomat in December 2016.
But notes documenting the Oval Office meeting with President Obama, Comey, Biden and Yates indicate that it was this year’s presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, not the fired FBI director, who mentioned the never-used 1799 law.
SEE HIGHLIGHTS OF SALLY YATES’ HEARING
- Sally Yates admits Comey went ‘rogue’; Graham’s opening shots at Senate hearing make her squirm
- Dem Senator, with no evidence, accuses Sen Graham of mistreating Sally Yates because she’s a woman
- Fiery Hawley comes hard at Yates: ‘If this doesn’t call for a cleaning house in DOJ, FBI, I don’t know what does’
- Sen. Kennedy asks Yates, if he does what she did, ‘am I like a rock, only dumber?’
- Sally Yates tries to deny Trump campaign was surveilled, Sen. Cruz helps clear it up for her
- ‘She’s been caught’: Sally Yates slammed for her selective memory in ‘Spygate’ scandal
- Major news networks ignore Yates bombshell that Comey went ‘rogue’ to ensnare Trump admin
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.
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