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Nunes Under Fire as Hearings Canceled Before Sally Yates to Testify on Michael Flynn

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates had notified the White House hours before she would testify about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates.
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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is asking whether an open congressional hearing on the Russia probe was canceled because the White House did not want former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to testify and assert executive privilege.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Yates was poised to testify Tuesday about the events leading up to the firing of Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, including his attempts to cover up conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

Schiff said Yates had sought permission to testify from the White House, adding that he hopes the hearing can be rescheduled without delay.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan were also to testify.