Monday, May 8, 2017

Sally Yates is Our National Hero

Sally Yates was fired the Monday after she gave warning to the White House that Michael Flynn lied to the Vice President, that he could be blackmailed by the Russian government, and that his "underlying conduct was problematic in and of itself."

I wish I were more like Sally Yates. In her Congressional hearings, she was straightforward. She refused to answer any questions that would compromise the FBI investigation or that were classified. She wasn't emotional about being fired. She spoke of the facts, she knew the Constitution and its details. I loved watching her spar with Republican senators over her response to the immigration ban. She knows her stuff.

"The efforts by a foreign adversary to interfere and undermine our democratic processes - and those of our allies - pose a serious threat to all Americans" Yates said

The Russian interference in our election and any continuing interference in the way our country is run should worry everyone. This is 21st century warfare. We need to investigate. We need to expose the truth. Thankfully, our investigative journalists at the New York Times, at the Washington Post, and and at MSNBC are doing that for us. We need to prosecute those Americans who made the Russian interference happen, even those who knowingly stood by and let it happen. And we should set up barriers to the kind of interference with the way our country carries out its democracy.

Sally Yates was involved in the first and second steps of this process. The Trump administration wants to cover up what she knows, blowing smoke about a renewed war with Afghanistan. Though we don't know what it is yet, there's a reason for them to blow smoke, to cry 'fake news.' The Trump administration didn't make it easy for Sally Yates to speak out, but she's there, still doing the right thing, speaking the truth, clearly and concisely, for everyone in the world to hear.

I just hope we listen to her.

Thank you for listening, jules

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