|United States Deputy Attorney General|
From: January 10, 2015 – January 30, 2017
|Predecessor||James M. Cole|
Sally Yates (b. 1960) served as Deputy Attorney General in the Obama Administration throughout the period of time the Obama Department of Justice was accused of abusing the FISA process and constitutional rights of American citizens. Yates served as Acting Attorney General for the first ten days of the Trump administration.
Yates was referred for criminal investigation by Congress in April 2018 for her role in signing the Carter Page FISA warrant application containing unverified and/or false information from the Clinton-Steele dossier (possible violations of 18 USC 242, 18 USC 1505 and 1515b).
Yates net worth is estimated at around $8 million.
Blocks Inspector General oversight of NSD-DOJ
One month after Donald Trump announced his intention to seek the presidency in 2015, Yates blocked the Office of Inspector General (OIG) from having oversight of the DOJ National Security Division (DOJ-NSD). The OIG, Michael Horowitz, requested oversight and Yates responded with a lengthy 58-page legal explanation essentially denying the request. All of the DOJ was subject to oversight, except the National Security Division.  Horowitz raised concerns that his office would be required to seek the DOJ's permission. That procedure is “inconsistent with the Inspector General Act, impairs the OIG’s independence, and fails to account for the over 20 year record of Department and FBI compliance with OIG document requests."
Obama’s political operatives within the DOJ-NSD were conducting illegal surveillance to monitor the Trump campaign. The NSD unit was working in coordination with Peter Strzok and others of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.
Clinton email scandal
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“It will never get to an indictment." For one, any criminal referral to the Justice Department from the FBI “will have to go through four loyal Democrat women” — Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, who heads the department’s criminal division; Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Deep State coup
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The fake news Logan Act violation claim was targeted to infer that any action taken by the Trump transition prior to taking office was interference with the political Obama administration Russia sanctions and would be evidence of collusion. Yates was in charge of pushing the Logan Act narrative to the media.
The first two weeks of January 2017 saw a merging of two narratives: (1) Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election; and (2) alleged Logan Act violations by Gen. Michael Flynn. The mainstream media were running this dual narrative 24/7 against the incoming Trump officials and demanding repeated answers to questions that were framed around this story-line.
On January 4, 2017, the FBI was going to drop the investigation of Flynn because they found no derogatory evidence. FBI Agent Peter Strzok demanded the investigation be kept open and the “7th Floor” agreed with him (FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Andrew McCabe).
On January 5, 2017, FBI Director James Comey went to the White House for a briefing with President Obama, Vice President Biden, ODNI James Clapper, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Yates. Yates had no idea that Gen. Flynn's phone conversation with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak call was captured; and she had no idea ODNI James Clapper had briefed President Obama about the call. Obama asked Sally Yates and James Comey to remain behind after the briefing. This was memorialized by Susan Rice.
On January 6, 2017, Comey and Clapper went to Trump Tower to brief the incoming administration. Simultaneously the Obama White House published the Intelligence Community Assessment, and declared:
"We assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence.
With the Flynn December 29, 2016, call with Kislyek transcript in hand, the DOJ and FBI began aiding the Logan Act narrative with Obama intelligence officials supporting the Russia Conspiracy claims and decrying anyone who would interfere or counter the official U.S. position.
On January 14th, 2017, the content of the communication between Flynn and Kislyak was leaked to the Washington Post by an unknown entity. Likely the leak came from the FBI’s counterintelligence operation. James H. Baker (DOD) of the Office of Net Assessment is suspected of leaking the content.
The FBI CoIntel group (Strzok, McCabe etc.), and the DOJ-NSD group (Sally Yates, Mary McCord (DOJ) etc.) were the largest stakeholders in the execution of the insurance policy phase because they were the epicenter of spygate, fraudulent FISA presentations and the formation and use of the Steele Dossier for surveillance warrants.
The media leak of the Flynn conversation with Kislyak was critical because the DOJ/FBI were pushing a political narrative. This was not about legality per se, this effort was about establishing the framework for an illegal preexisting investigation, based on a false premise, that would protect the DOJ and FBI. The investigation they needed to continue evolved into the Mueller special counsel. This was all insurance.
The Flynn-Kislyak leak led to Vice President Mike Pence being hammered on January 15th, 2017, during a CBS Face the Nation interview about Trump campaign officials in contact with Russians. Pence was unprepared to answer the questions and conflated a question about contact with Russians during the election, with Flynn’s contact with Kislyak in the transition period:
CBS John Dickerson: Just to button up one question, did any advisor or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?
Mike Pence: Of course not. And I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy.
This answer allowed the fake news media to blend questions about pre-election campaign contacts with necessary, and entirely appropriate, transition team contacts. Once Vice President Pence made the statement that Flynn had no contact with anyone from Russia, any contradictory statement from Flynn would make Pence appear compromised. The toxic media environment now became a much bigger issue. The FBI was prepared to pounce.
January 23, 2017, the day before Flynn was interviewed, Lisa Page texted:
“I can feel my heart beating harder, I’m so stressed about all the ways THIS has the potential to go fully off the rails.”
“I know. I just talked with John [Moffa] , we’re getting together as soon as I get in to finish that write up for Andy [McCabe] this morning.”
They were planning and plotting with Andrew McCabe about how they were going to exploit the illegal phone-tap and the difference in public statements by VP Mike Pence. However, FBI Counterintelligence Director Bill Priestap had doubts about the validity of interviewing Flynn. Priestap had a meeting with with “DD” Deputy Director McCabe to share his concerns. Strzok was worried that his boss, Bill Priestap, may disrupt the plan. The day of the interview, January 24, 2017, Priestap still had issues about the purpose of interviewing Flynn over Flynn's perfectly legitimate conversation. Priestap had another meeting, this time with “d” FBI Director Comey and “dd” Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Strzok was stressed out; Priestap could blow the plan if he didn’t back down from his concerns. Lisa Page said McCabe “is frustrated” with Priestap’s reluctance to go along with the plan.
Priestap, sensing something could really backfire with the plan, and questioning the overall legality of their purpose, memorialized his concern with more hand written notes during their meeting.
Flynn was interviewed by the FBI on January 24, 2020 nine days after Pence made his comments. During this ambush interview, disguised as a meeting, Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka were contrasting Pence’s statements to CBS against the known action of Mike Flynn. Strzok and Pientla agreed that Flynn did not lie. Flynn was honest but his honesty contradicted Pence’s national statement on CBS; and Flynn likely tried to dance through a needle without being overly critical of VP-elect Pence misspeaking. It is within this dynamic where the FBI FD-302 interview reports, written by Strzok and Pientka, then became the subject of political manipulation by Asst. FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
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