May 9, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
In a battle to find the truth, former Acting Attorney General of the United States, Sally Yates and former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper appeared before the Senate judiciary subcommittee Monday, both answered direct questions about the role Russia played in the election of the President of the United States in November. Here are 5 highlights (or lowlights) of the questioning that took place on the Hill Monday.
1. Clapper, again, stated the role of Russia was to be a disrupter into the election process in the United States but Russia also is a disrupter in other countries too. For instance, he stated that it appeared that Russia had something to do with the dumping of email and computer material on the day before the French election. Russia had backed the conservative, nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen over the liberal candidate Emmanuel Macron. It was the files of Macron that were released but voters appeared to be unmoved by the dump. Macron won with 66 percent of the vote. Clapper stated in his opening that the Russians had “also collected on certain Republican Party affiliated targets but did not release any Republican related data.” In other words, Russia preferred Republican candidate Donald Trump over the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
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2. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) questioned Yates on her decision not to defend the first travel ban executive order that President Trump signed in January. Republicans talk of the press using gotcha questions but this time it was Cruz trying to throw Yates off by inciting a federal law which calls for the Attorney General to follow the policies of the administration. Yates came back, quickly, with a more recent law stating the laws to be enforced must be constitutional which the first travel ban was not.