- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is set to testify on May 8 on Russian efforts to influence the U.S. presidential election.

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Tuesday announced the hearing, at which former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper is also scheduled to testify.

The hearing will be Ms. Yates’ first appearance on Capitol Hill since she was dismissed from her acting post in January. President Trump fired Ms. Yates after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend the president’s executive order on travel and refugees because she was not convinced the order was lawful.

Ms. Yates and Mr. Clapper have also been invited to provide testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, a hearing expected to take place sometime after May 2. That is the date FBI Director James B. Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, are invited to testify at a closed hearing before the committee.

In March, Mr. Comey testified before the House committee and for the first time publicly confirmed that the FBI has been investigating possible links between associates of Mr. Trump and Russian officials since the summer.

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