WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On January 31, President Donald Trump fired Yates for refusing to enforce an executive order on immigration designed to protect the citizens of the United States.
"Today's hearing would… have provided the opportunity for former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates to testify about the events leading up to former National Security Advisor [Michael] Flynn's firing, including his attempts to cover up his secret conversations with the Russian ambassador," Schiff stated.
Schiff alleged whether "the White House's desire to avoid a public claim of executive privilege to keep her from providing the full truth on what happened contributed to the decision to cancel today's hearing."
The congressman also argued the hearing should be rescheduled immediately, the release added.
Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes cancelled the planned public hearing scheduled for Tuesday as well as all of the Committee's meetings for the rest of the week.