Fox News declines to air Sally Yates debunking a right-wing conspiracy theory under oath
On August 5, while Fox News’ America’s Newsroom covered other topics, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates debunked a right-wing conspiracy theory under oath -- that in a January 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting, the Obama administration directed or influenced investigations into then-incoming President Donald Trump’s transition team. “No such thing happened,” Yates swore.
The testimony came during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the origins of the Russia investigation, aka Operation Crossfire Hurricane.
America’s Newsroom aired the vast majority of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) opening statement in which he repeated several right-wing media narratives around Crossfire Hurricane, but the show cut away before Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) gave her statement. America’s Newsroom did not cover any aspect of Yates’ testimony until it reported that she was “irritated” with former FBI Director James Comey, whom she agreed could be described as having “go[ne] rogue.”
The segment did not cover Yates’ unequivocal, sworn denial of the central accusation that either then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, or then-national security adviser Susan Rice ordered or influenced any investigations during an Oval Office meeting on January 5, 2017.