At Russian Interference Hearing, Cruz, Cornyn Question Sally Yates on Defying Trump's Travel Ban

WASHINGTON -- Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general fired by President Donald Trump after refusing to defend his controversial immigration ban, faced a barrage of questions Monday from skeptical Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn during a hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 elections.In a highly anticipated hearing before a Senate judiciary subcommittee, carried live on all major TV news networks, Yates testified that she had warned the White House about contacts between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russia that might make him vulnerable to blackmail. Former director of national intelligence James Clapper also testified about Russian efforts to interfere in the election.But the Texas senators focused on the travel ban, forcing Yates to justify her decision to defy Trump’s instructions to defend the order in court to the Texas senators. A federal appeals court held days after Yates' firing that the Trump administration could not enforce the ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries while courts continue to consider the legality of the measure.  Continue reading...

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