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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE on Wednesday tore into former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesThis week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms Sally Yates to testify as part of GOP probe into Russia investigation Senate GOP set to ramp up Obama-era probes MORE ahead of her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for its probe into the Russia investigation.

Trump accused Yates, who was appointed by former President Obama, of wrongdoing regarding the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian election meddling and urged Republicans on the Judiciary panel to take a tough tone in their questioning of her. 

“Sally Yates has zero credibility. She was a part of the greatest political crime of the Century, and ObamaBiden knew EVERYTHING! Sally Yates leaked the General Flynn conversation? Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game!” Trump tweeted. 

Sally Yates has zero credibility. She was a part of the greatest political crime of the Century, and ObamaBiden knew EVERYTHING! Sally Yates leaked the General Flynn conversation? Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2020

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war Graham leads Democratic challenger Harrison by 1 point in South Carolina: poll The Global Fragility Act provides the tools to address long-term impacts of COVID MORE (R-S.C.), the chair of the Judiciary Committee, announced last week that Yates would testify before his panel as the GOP ramps up their Obama-era investigations.

Graham’s efforts center around the origins of the FBI’s investigation into Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign as well as former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s subsequent probe. Among other things, the Senate panel’s investigation will examine probes into former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

The GOP has been eager to hear from Yates over her presence at an Oval Office meeting in January 2017 between then-President Obama and then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon This week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book MORE in which they discussed sharing national security information related to Russia with Flynn. Flynn was later charged with lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians shortly before Trump took office.

Yates has also already been interviewed by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz as part of his examination into the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to surveil Page. Yates approved the first warrant application on Page and the first renewal.

She served briefly as acting attorney general early in Trump’s tenure before being fired for refusing to defend his controversial travel ban.

Graham has been granted subpoena powers by Republicans on his panel who are eager to expose what they view as an overstep by the Justice Department in its investigation into Russian election interference, with Democrats saying the GOP is looking to conduct a partisan investigation in an election year.

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James Comey testifies before Senate panel on Russia investigation

Former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into the agency’s Russia “collusion” probe during the 2016 election.

Comey will appear before the panel chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has accused the FBI of obtaining illegal secret warrants using flawed information and unsubstantiated claims in a now-debunked dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

“The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane,” the South Carolina Republican said in a Fox News interview earlier this month, referring to the name of the collusion probe.

The Justice Department inspector general last year found “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in documents submitted by the FBI to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor Page.

As part of its investigation, Graham said the committee is seeking the testimony of former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was fired after it was revealed he and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged text messages critical of Trump, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

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Comey’s testimony comes a day after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday informed Graham of an allegation that Hillary Clinton ordered “a campaign plan to stir up a scandal” by linking Trump to Russia in 2016 — and that former President Barack Obama was aware.

Ratcliffe said in his letter to Graham that Clinton wanted to taint Trump by connecting him to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

But Ratcliffe added that the US intelligence community couldn’t corroborate the claim that Clinton was involved and said the information was gleaned from  “Russian intelligence analysis” that could have been an “exaggeration or fabrication.”

The FBI launched its investigation into Russian collusion in July 2016.

Trump fired Comey, who was then leading the Russian probe, in May 2017.

Days later Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, was named special counsel to take over the investigation.

Former FBI Director James ComeyJoshua Roberts/Reuters

His probe concluded that there was no evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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