On Tuesday, the media bumped its Outragemeter to 11 over a story from The Washington Post stating that the Trump administration attempted to stop former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. The Post reported:
The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation into links between Russian officials and the Trump campaign….According to a series of letters reviewed by The Post, Yates was notified earlier this month by the Justice Department that the administration considers a great deal of her possible testimony to be barred from discussion in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege.
Furthermore, Yates was supposed to testify before the Intelligence Committee this week, defying the Trump administration – and today, news broke that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes had cancelled the hearing at which she would testify. [UPDATE: Nunes’ office says Yates will still testify.]
The media’s theory: a cover-up is in progress.
That theory gained new life thanks to Nunes’ newly-uncovered secretive visit to the White House, where he met with an unspecified official who presented him with intelligence information regarding the Trump team and Russia, the day before Nunes said publicly that the intelligence community had surveilled Team Trump. Nunes said that he went to the White House in order to use a secure computer for perusing intelligence information – but as Lachlan Markay of The Daily Beastpoints out, “This is real shady. The House Intel Committee has its own SCIF. There’d be no need to use the one at the WH.”